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Industrial Powerhouse

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 25, 2016
1. Industrial Powerhouse Marker
Inscription. Black Rock developed dramatically in the 19th century due to the Erie Canal and its competing railroads. Mills, factories, and an array of manufacturing plants were constructed along the waterfront with immigrant neighborhoods and commerical areas beyond.

Upper Black Rock, in the vicinity of the ferry, was slowly absorbed into the expanding west side of Buffalo. Lower Black Rock, at the northern end of the harbor, benefitted from enhanced water power provided by the canal lock and became the second most heavily industrialized section of the city by the middle of the 19th century.

Industrial expansion and associated canal improvements continued into the early 20th century.

Black Rock Hoarbor in 1914 looking south toward the ferry wharf and surrounding industrial growth in the far distance. Squaw Island is on the right. Source'; Buffalo History Museum.
New draw bridge at Ferry Street-still existing today-across the enlarged and improved canal soon after construction about 1914. Source: www.eriecanal.com .
Deatil of 1902 bird's eye sketch of Buffalo showing Black Rock Harbor, the ferry wharf, and surrounding urban development. Source www.buffalohistory.com .
 
Erected 2016.
 
Location. 42° 54.913′ N, 78° 
Industrial Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 25, 2016
2. Industrial Powerhouse Marker
There are two markers beyond the flagpoles along the oval walkway. This is the right side marker.
54.189′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Robert Rich Way and West Ferry Bascule Bridge when traveling west on Robert Rich Way. Click for map. Marker is in Broderick Park on Unity Island (nee Squaw Island), straight ahead and beyond the flagpoles as one crosses onto the island on the West Ferry Bascule Bridge. Access is from Niagara Street (NY route 266) at West Ferry Street/Robert Rich Way. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. International Crossing (here, next to this marker); Underground Railroad River Crossing (a few steps from this marker); West Ferry Street Bascule Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Rock Harbor / From Plantation to Promised Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Broderick Park / Distinctive River Ecosystems (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrowing Journey (within shouting distance of this marker); Nowak Pier (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter B. Porter (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Industrial Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 25, 2016
3. Industrial Powerhouse Marker
Northward view. Niagara River. Canada at left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016.
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