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The Buttery Elevators

The Passing of a 19th-Century Landmark

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 7, 2014
1. The Buttery Elevators Marker
Inscription.  The public accessed the Whirlpool Rapids via a rickety stairway at an old saw mill that was purchased by John M. Buttery in the 1850s. When the site became a popular tourist destination, Buttery abandoned the mill and built a safer stairway into the gorge. In 1869 to further improve access to the Whirlpool Rapids, he built the Buttery Elevators on land purchased from DeVeaux College for Orphans and Destitute Children. The Buttery family operated the elevators, which were powered by a water wheel, for over 20 years.

In 1889, the family formed the Whirlpool Rapids Company, and in 1893, a new longer shaft with double elevator cars was built. The company also erected an electric plant to light a park, the elevators, and the rapids. To attract even more visitors, the company petitioned for an extension of the Niagara Falls Street Railway to its property. Eventually, the property was sold to the Gorge Railroad. In 1899, a windstorm blew down the original elevator building, and a rockslide almost completely destroyed the machinery in the newer elevator building. In 1901, the city of Niagara Falls burned them in a controlled fire.

J. M. Buttery

New Northward View Missing The Buttery Elevators Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 20, 2020
2. New Northward View Missing The Buttery Elevators Marker
The Robert Moses Parkway has been removed. The marker is missing. Whirlpool Street at right.
was born in the town of Homer, NY, arrived in Lewiston around 1830, and married Priscilla Nichols in 1835. He took an active part in the 1837 Canadian Rebellion and supervised the excavation of the "Through Cut" of the Lewiston & Niagara Falls Railroad.

Whirlpool Rapids and Double Elevator on American Side. Most charming and Delightful Spot about Niagara. Grand View of the old Suspension Bridge. Hero Blondin crossed the gorge on a rope, and past here Robinson, in 1861, piloted the steamer "maid of the Mist" through the boiling rapids. Grandest View of Rapids and Gorge. the fearful current forces the water in the centre of the stream forty feet higher than at the edges. Don't fail to visit the spot. M. Buttery Sons. The Daily Gazette, September 9, 1883.

You are standing near the site of the Buttery Elevators. Chasm Avenue, which now stops at Whirlpool Street, at one time ran to the edge of the gorge. This map shows the Niagara Falls Street Railway terminating at the Buttery Elevators.

The Buttery Whirlpool Rapids Company successfully petitioned for the extension of the railway, which included construction of a tunnel and the extension of Spring Avenue from Bellvue Avenue to Chasm Avenue. Courtesy of the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Born in Roxbury, Vermont, in 1813, Priscilla and her family moved to Western New York in 1816, eventually settling on a farm

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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 7, 2014
3. Old Northward View: The Buttery Elevators Marker
The marker is a white speck left of the green "Findlay Dr, Whirlpool St, Bridge to Canada, NEXUS Only, Keep Right" sign and across both roadways of the Robert Moses Parkway. The parkway has been removed.
in Lewiston in 1820. She was a school teacher, mother of ten, and following her husband's death, managed the Buttery Elevators for 16 years.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentEnvironmentIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 43° 6.822′ N, 79° 3.492′ W. Marker was in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker was on Whirlpool Street 0.1 miles west of Chasm Avenue, on the right when traveling south. The marker was along rim trail between the Whirlpool Bridge and Whirlpool State Park, approximately across from the intersection of Whirlpool Street and Chasm Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Inukshuk (approx. 0.2 miles away in Canada); Pastimes and Parkways (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); United States Custom House (approx. half a kilometer away); A Bridge to Freedom (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Great Gorge Railway Trail (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); To The River (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); About the year 1600 B.C. ... (approx. 0.8 kilometers away in Canada); Whirlpool Rapids (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 7, 2014
4. Westward View The Buttery Elevators Marker
By the southbound lanes of the Robert Moses Parkway. The parkway has been removed. When this image was taken, the southbound lanes had been permanently closed to motorized traffic. The parkway was renamed Niagara Scenic Parkway.
 The Buttery Elevator - Niagara Frontier.com. (Submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 7, 2014
5. The Buttery Elevators Marker
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 20, 2020
6. Missing: The Buttery Elevators Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 853 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   2. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   6. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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