Lewiston in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
British military engineering eases the ascent from the river to the top of the Escarpment.
After the British occupied the Niagara region they attempted to improve the movement of goods up the Escarpment first by grading the Gully and then by creating a mechanical device to move materials up from the Lower Landing. Several individuals, including John Montressor, a British lieutenant of the engineers, are credited with building a carrying device for moving goods up and down the Gully between 1762 and 1764. The Cradles, as they were called, were actually carts or sleds drawn by ropes along wooden rails. To manage the slope, the rails were in three stages. The first stage raised the carts from the river up the Gully to the top of the bank, approximately 50 feet, and terminated near this marker. The second stage
Location. 43° 9.997′ N, 79° 2.721′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from South 4th Street south of Tuscarora Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the grounds of the Earl W. Brydges Artpark. To get to this historic marker one must take South 4th Street south all the way to where the road ends, at the entrance to the Earl W. Brydges Artpark. The historic marker is on the grounds of the artpark, on a section of land just south of the first large parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lower Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewiston Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Lewiston Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park Oak Hill and Scovell Knoll (about 300 feet away); Lower Landing Archeological District (about 300 feet away); The Magazin Royale (about 300 feet away); Fort Joncaire (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewiston.
Also see . . .
1. The British Settlement in Niagara. This is a link to information provided by the Niagara Falls Info website. (Submitted on June 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Cradles Placemat - Historic Lewiston, NY. This is a link to information provided by The Historical Association of Lewiston. (Submitted on June 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.