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Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse

Tanneries, Clothiers, Piano Makers, Saddlers and Breweries

 
 
Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse Marker
Inscription. Already a major transportation center, Buffalo was evolving into a center of industry and and manufacturing. At the height of the canal era, in the mid-1800s, countless manufacturing enterprises took advantage of the huge volume of raw materials that passed through the city.

The influx of grain, iron, and other goods led to the development of breweries, leather works, shoe factories, saddlers, clothiers, furniture and piano makers, agricultural equipment makers, and bicycle manufacturers.

The availability of coal from Pennsylvania, iron ore form Minnesota and electric power from Niagara Falls led to a dramatic expansion of the iron and steel industry on the outskirts of Bufalo during the early years of the 20th century.

In the 1880s, George Pierce was making bird cages and bicycles on Prime Street in the canal district. He started building automobiles in 1901. By the 1920s, his Pierce-Arrow was a major national brand.

Pierce Bicycle Company, Hanover Street at Prime. Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum Collection.
Vast quantities of lumber fom the upper Midwest passed through Buffalo. Western History/ Geneology Department, Denver Public Library.
Lake freighters and canal boats at C.T.T. elevator, 1900. Library of Congress.
 
Marker series. This marker
Text with Picture Panel image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Text with Picture Panel
Intense activity at the docks, ca. 1915.
is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.645′ N, 78° 52.717′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Lloyd Street and Marine Drive, on the right when traveling south on Lloyd Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo - A Network of Canals (here, next to this marker); The Big Picture (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); Harboring Hopes (within shouting distance of this marker); Rebirth & Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  Pierce -Arrow Motor Car Company. (Submitted on July 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
Lower Picture Panel image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Lower Picture Panel
Hoists unloading ore at Lackawanna Steel, 1900.
Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. Back of Marker
Lloyd Street at Marine Drive image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
5. Lloyd Street at Marine Drive
This is the closer of a pair of markers situated like open double doors.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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