Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“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)
 

Buffalo's Birthplace

Where the Erie Canal Joins the Commercial Slip

 
 
Buffalo's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 6, 2019
1. Buffalo's Birthplace Marker
Inscription.  Buffalo’s Birthplace: Where the Erie Canal Joins the Commercial Slip

Look closely at this wonderful picture of Buffalo’s Waterfront in its heyday for evidence of life in those early days before the railroads took over the waterfront. Note particularly the different kinds of boats. Why is this place, where the canal met the lake, considered to be so important in Buffalo’s History?

How many hotels can you identify? How many stores? What did they sell? What different kinds of transport are visible? Can you see any evidence of manufacturing? Of entertainment? How about signs for how order was kept?

Here, Melinda Nowlin once gathered her skirts and her five children and climbed the flight of steps that led from the docks to the Canal District. For her, it was the end of the first stage of a hard journey from the Hudson Valley, and the “immigrant Steps” here marked a passage from a hard-scrabble existence that had driven her husband John away from the farms their families had settled after leaving Ireland. Now, he burned with “Michigan fever” and the lure of cheap fertile land to the west.
 
Erected by
Buffalo's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 6, 2019
2. Buffalo's Birthplace Marker
Between the Immigrant Steps and Shark Girl markers
Friends of the Buffalo Story.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.714′ N, 78° 52.677′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Commercial Street and Perry Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on Commercial Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Immigrant Steps (here, next to this marker); Shark Girl (here, next to this marker); America's Crossroads: The Spaulding Exchange (here, next to this marker); Canal and Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (about 400 feet away); The Grand Canal (about 400 feet away); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 

More. Search the internet for Buffalo's Birthplace.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
Paid Advertisement