Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse
Tanneries, Clothiers, Piano Makers, Saddlers and Breweries
The influx of grain, iron, and other goods led to the development of breweries, leather works, shoe factories, saddlers, clothiers, furniture and piano makers, agricultural equipment makers, and bicycle manufacturers.
The availability of coal from Pennsylvania, iron ore form Minnesota and electric power from Niagara Falls led to a dramatic expansion of the iron and steel industry on the outskirts of Bufalo during the early years of the 20th century.
In the 1880s, George Pierce was making bird cages and bicycles on Prime Street in the canal district. He started building automobiles in 1901. By the 1920s, his Pierce-Arrow was a major national brand.
Pierce Bicycle Company, Hanover Street at Prime. Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum Collection.
Vast quantities of lumber fom the upper Midwest passed through Buffalo. Western History/
Lake freighters and canal boats at C.T.T. elevator, 1900. Library of Congress.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal series list.
Location. 42° 52.645′ N, 78° 52.717′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Lloyd Street and Marine Drive, on the right when traveling south on Lloyd 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. Buffalo - A Network of Canals (here, next to this marker); The Big Picture (a few steps from this marker); The Ruins at Canalside (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); Harboring Hopes (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . . Pierce -Arrow Motor Car Company (Submitted on July 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.