Wilson in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Government Piers at Twelve Mile Creek, Wilson, New York
This large cottage was originally built as part of Lake Island Park, circa 1890.
Commercial boat traffic also plied Lake Ontario and the waters around Wilson during these “Days of Sail” and in the later era of steamships. On approximately the area where the waste water treatment plant now stands, there were several store-houses in which timber and a variety of crops from Wilson’s rich
In the 1950’s, the federal government replaced the old wooden piers. The pilings of the old piers had been ravaged by lake storms and were rotting from age. They were replaced with new steel sheet piling. This piling was driven into the lake bottom with a pile driver, then torch cut level and filled with rock and concrete. There was no pedestrian access to these piers until 1964, when a small concrete walkway was added. More recently, the large access walkway you see before you was built. These new piers have protected the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek from lake storms and keep the dredging of silt down to a minimum. (Twelve Mile Creek’s name is derived from its location of 12 miles from the mouth of the Niagara River.)
Steam powered crane lifting a piece of sheer piling (Note pile driver leaning against the pier)
Erected 2019 by Wilson Historical
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 43° 19.05′ N, 78° 50.129′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Ontario Street 0.1 miles west of Harbor Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson NY 14172, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilson Harbor (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port of Entry Marker and Wilson Boat House (about 700 feet away); Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Lake Island Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); O'Connell Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.