Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The South Pier
In 1820 villagers built a 900-foot pier at this site by placing wooden cribs on thick beds of brush and then filling them with heavy stone. Early next spring, using a pile driver fashioned from a war of 1812 mortor and powered by a blind horse, workers built a dam across nearby Buffalo Creek in hopes of turning the expected spring floods to scour a new, straight channel across the gravel spit and along the new pier.
Just as all was ready, a lake surge flooded the spit and destroyed much of the dam. A storm followed, its heavy rains signaling the start of the spring floods, and scores of villagers turned out to work 12 hours straight before finishing repairs by torchlight.
Spring freshets that morning scoured out 20,000 yards of sand and gravel and out the new channel. The pier was extended to 1,320 feet that summer, offering shelter from storms and a port for Buffalo's growing commerce.
Erected by Buffalo Lighthouse Association.
Location. 42° 52.654′ N, 78° 53.127′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie Click for map. Marker is on the gated walkway by the Coast Guard station. The walkway is accessed at the northern terminus of Fuhrmann Boulevard. The walkway is open 10A to sunset. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fuhrman Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lighthouse Service (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coast Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lifeboat Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lighthouse Point Park (about 400 feet away); Penobscot-Morania Collision (about 600 feet away); International Shipmasters' Association (about 700 feet away); Birthplace of the Grain Elevator (about 800 feet away); The Industrial Heritage Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.