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Lockport in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Lockport Locks

Erected August 16, 1975

Lockport Locks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Brandis, June 1, 2013
1. Lockport Locks Marker
Inscription.  In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the original locks which opened a connecting waterway between the Hudson River and the Great Lakes. This completion of the Erie Canal was the opening of a door to the settling of the west. Tribute must be paid to the engineers of that age who surveyed and designed this project with antiquated instruments and little engineering experience. These men were the pioneers of American engineering.
Erected 1975 by American Society of Civil Engineers Buffalo Section. American Consulting Engineers Council Western New York Chapter. National Society of Professional Engineers Erie-Niagara Chapter.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks, and the Erie Canal series lists.
Location. 43° 10.071′ N, 78° 42.046′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on W. Genesee Street, on the left
The Lockport Locks (1905) image. Click for full size.
The Rotograph Company, 1905
2. The Lockport Locks (1905)
Showing the locks prior to the installation of the electric lift locks.
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. located at the beginning of a bridge going over the Erie Canal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lockport NY 14094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Ida Fritz Park (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Niagara County Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Washington Hunt Law Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kandt Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dole House (approx. ¼ mile away); W.H. Upson Coal Company Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Col. W. M. Bond House (approx. ¼ mile away); The "Deep Cut" at Lockport (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
Also see . . .  New York State Barge Canal, Lockport Locks, Richmond Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County, NY. The Historical American Buildings Survey record for the Lockport Locks. Includes more than 50 photos, schematics, and an extended essay on the history of the locks. (Submitted on October 12, 2013.) 
<i>View Looking Southwest, Taken from Railroad Bridge...</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jet Lowe, 2006
3. View Looking Southwest, Taken from Railroad Bridge...
Locks 67-71 [on right] comprise a rare 19th-century example of multiple locks directly connected into a flight and an in-situ example of once-common cut-stone lock construction. This flight is the most complete surviving artifact from the enlarged Erie Canal, the second version of the first major transportation artery between the East Coast and the Great Lakes. Locks 34 and 35 [on left] form an excellent example of early 20th-century concrete, electrically powered lock design, and they pioneered methods also used on the Panama Canal. The site is unique in having these two designs together. - Statement of Significance, Historic American Buildings Survey
Lockport Locks (Upper Level) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert A. Stephanski, circa 1920
4. Lockport Locks (Upper Level)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2013, by Paul Brandis of Buffalo, New York. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 1, 2013, by Paul Brandis of Buffalo, New York.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022