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

The Great Lakes

The Industrial Heritage Trail

 
 
The Great Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. The Great Lakes Marker
Inscription. The Great Lakes and many resources of the Great Lakes basin have played a major role in the history and development of the United States and Canada. For the early European explorers and settlers, the lakes and their tributaries were the avenues for penetrating the continent, extracting valued resources, and carrying local products abroad. As development proceeded, the waterways became major highways of trade. The Great Lakes basin yielded lumber, wheat, and other agricultural products, and the lakes provided commercial fishing opportunities. Bulk goods such as iron ore and coal were shiped through Great Lakes ports, and manufacturing grew.

♦ The Great Lakes are the largest system of fresh surface water on earth, containing roughly 20 percent of the world's available surface water.
♦ Lake Superior has the largest area of any freshwater lake in the world. It is also the coldest and deepest of the five Great Lakes. Average depths are close to 500 feet, and the deepest point in the lake reaches 1,332 feet.
♦ Lake Michigan is the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world, and the only Great Lake to lie entirely within U.S. borders.
♦ Lake Huron has the longest shoreline of all the Great Lakes, and has the largest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin Island.
♦ Lake Ontario is the
Northwest View image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Northwest View
Marker is on the farthest skeletal steel tower. This is where Fuhrmann Boulevard is segmented by the Union Ship Canal, at left.
smallest of the Great Lakes by surface area, but its average depth (283 feet) is second only to Lake Superior.

The Great Lakes Drainage Basin. Image Source: Sea Grant, Michigan.
 
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
 
Location. 42° 50.047′ N, 78° 51.29′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard mile south of Tifft Street, 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. Lake Erie (here, next to this marker); Early Lake Erie Water Craft (here, next to this marker); Improvements in Ship Design (here, next to this marker); The Union Ship Canal (a few steps from this marker); The Lehigh Portland Cement Company (a few steps from this marker); Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 11 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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