“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

History of Times Beach

The Industrial Heritage Trail

History of Times Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. History of Times Beach Marker
Inscription. Times Beach was, at one time, an actual sand beach. The beach formed as a result of the improvements to Buffalo's inner harbor. Prior to the harbor improvements the mouth of the Buffalo River was frequently clogged with sands that moved north along the shore of the lake. An entrance channel that was dredged in the early 1800s, and a pier was constructed (the south pier) to block the sand from entering the harbor. Sand that had previously moved across the mouth of the Buffalo River now collected behind the south pier and seawall, eventually forming the beach.

The beach and surrounding area along the seawall were popular with squatters during the early 1900s. These squatters were eventually displaced due to industrial development.

[photo] Times Beach, circa 1910. The inner harbor entrance channel and south pier are visible in the foreground.

In the early 1930s, the Buffalo Times newspaper proposed a free municipal bathing beach at the location of the former squatter community. The influence of the Buffalo Times resulted in the eventual opening of the beach, named after the newspaper. The municipal beach was short-lived, however, as growth of industry along the Lake Erie waterfront created a health hazard, and resulted in Times Beach closing in the 1940s.

The location of the now-closed Times Beach was ideal
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Northward
Marker is on the black metal structure, facing the wooden crate/bench.
for storage of dredged materials. From 1971 to 1976, the Army Corps of Engineers used this site for disposal of over 550,000 cubic yards of dredged material from the Buffalo River, Buffalo Harbor, and the Black Rock Canal.

The confined disposal area was originally planned to be filled completely. However, the site began to support a significant diversity of wildlife, especially migratory birds. The Army Corps stopped using the site in 1976, and since then the area has been set aside as a wildlife preserve.
Location. 42° 52.471′ N, 78° 52.961′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard one mile north of The Skyway (New York State Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Times Beach Nature Preserve (here, next to this marker); The Connecting Terminal Elevator (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse Point Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Erie Canal / Two Waterfronts (approx. 0.2 miles away); PTF-17 (approx. mile away); USS The Sullivans (DD-537) (approx. mile away); 106th Field Artillery Regiment (approx. mile away); Buffalo Cavalry Association (approx. mile 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 134 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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