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Port Byron in Cayuga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Empire State Trail at Port Byron

 
 
The Empire State Trail at Port Byron Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, September 19, 2021
1. The Empire State Trail at Port Byron Marker
Inscription.  
Erie House
The 1890s Erie House saloon was built by Italian immigrant brothers near Lock 52 for canalers, drydock workers, and the many Italians farming the rich mucklands. In this 1901 view, the brothers, Peter and Salvatore Van Detto, stand proudly on the porch of the saloon. Above their heads is a memorial for President McKinley, a visual symbol of their affection for their new country. This stands in contrast to the 1886 riot when Italian laborers sought work at Lock 52, only to be rejected as immigrants. A local historian later praised the Italians for having "contributed much to the culture and prosperity of this community.” Today, the Erie House is part of the Port Byron Erie Canal Heritage Park, located one mile west of here along State Route 31.

Kern Store
The now-gone Kern Store on the south edge of nearby Lock 52 was a popular place for both canal travelers and the local community. This photograph, taken about 1910, shows neighborhood teenagers with a store employee. Believed to be in the group is Ben White, who later became the mayor of Port Byron and the first African-American mayor in New
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York State. Born in Canada, he immigrated to the United States in 1906 and became a citizen in 1918 while serving in the U.S. military during World War I.
 
Erected by Empire State Trail, New York State.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
 
Location. 43° 2.242′ N, 76° 37.187′ W. Marker is in Port Byron, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker can be reached from Utica Street (New York State Route 31), on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the Erie Canal/ Port Byron Trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Byron NY 13140, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Village of Port Byron (a few steps from this marker); Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Tanner's Dry Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); A Metaphor for Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Byron (approx. ¼ mile away); Amos S. King (approx. ¼ mile away); Brigham Young (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry Wells (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Byron.
 
Also see . . .  Empire State Trail. (Submitted on September 20, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
The Empire State Trail at Port Byron Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
2. The Empire State Trail at Port Byron Marker
 
View of Marker at the Port Byron Trailhead image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
3. View of Marker at the Port Byron Trailhead
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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