Lake View is a hamlet (but non-census-designated place) in Erie County, New York, USA. Lake View is in the Town of Hamburg.GeographyIt is about south of Buffalo along Lake Erie. It is bounded by Eighteen Mile Creek on the south (so named for the distance of its mouth from Buffalo), Pleasant Ave. on the north, Lake Erie on the west and the Village of Hamburg on the east.HistoryEarly settlers were Ebenezer Ames, Jacob Schoellkopf, a successful entrepreneur in the Western NY area and Ebenezer Walden, a prominent Buffalo attorney and mayor whose family built the Lake View Hotel in 1880 to serve the many traveling salesmen who arrived on the seven daily trains on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (later part of New York Central Railroad) to sell their wares in the surrounding countryside. The salesmen (called "drummers") would rent a horse and buggy from the livery stable behind the six-room hotel to make their rounds.By 1890, two more railroads ran through Lake View - the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (the Nickel Plate Road) and the Pennsylvania Railroad which brought economic prosperity to the small community. An electric trolley was also built called the Buffalo & Erie to facilitate travel to and from Buffalo and operated until the mid-1930s.