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

The Lower Landing

Northern terminus of the Niagara Porter, early bypass route around Niagara Falls

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
1. The Lower Landing Marker
Inscription. For early travelers coming up the Niagara River on their way from Lake Ontario to the other Great Lakes, this area - known as the Lower Landing - marked the beginning of the Niagara Portage, the shortest and most accessible route around Niagara Falls and the swirling waters of the Niagara Gorge. Created by Native peoples long before the arrival of Europeans, the Portage was adopted for use by the French, British, and American traders, soldiers, merchants, and travelers from the 17th century until the opening of the Erie and Welland Canals in the 1820s.

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, control of the Portage was seen as vital to early European trade and exploration efforts. This led to many conflicts between the French, the British, and the Native peoples - particularly the Seneca, westernmost nation of the Iroquois League. As a result of the early struggle for control of the Portage many blockhouses and forts were built, including Fort Niagara, seven miles to the north. During the British period, limestone quarried from the site provided building blocks for several structures at Fort niagara. In later years the site provided stone for buildings in Lewiston and nearby areas. As commerce developed on the British/Canadian shore of the river, following the American Revolution, the Lower Landing and the old Portage gradually
The Lower Landing Marker - New image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 30, 2016
2. The Lower Landing Marker - New
Same text, same location as prior marker.
fell into disuse as a transportation corridor.

During the 1850s the area may have been an active path to freedom for African Americans escaping from slavery. By the early 1890s, the Great Gorge Railroad and its successors were bringing tourists from Niagara Falls to Lewiston. After the demise of the railroads the site continued to support local industry such as the Porter Fiber Bottle works. Later, with the era of Prohibition in the 1920s the area is said to have been an entry point for rum-runners bringing illegal liquor into the U.S.

Finally, the property was acquired by the New York State Power Authority in the 1950s for use as a dump for spoils from construction of the New York State Power Project. Thanks to the efforts of numerous individuals a portion of the area was saved and designated as Lewiston State Park. Through the additional efforts of Senator Earl W. Bridges and Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the park was dedicated to the arts with the creation of Artpark in 1974.
 
Location. 43° 9.981′ N, 79° 2.766′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from South 4th Street south of Tuscarora Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the grounds of the Earl W. Brydges Artpark. To get to this historic marker one must
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By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
3. The Lower Landing Marker
Close-up view of the written text displayed on the historical marker.
take South 4th Street south all the way to where the road ends, at the entrance to the Earl W. Brydges Artpark. The historic marker is on the grounds of the artpark, on a section of land just south of the first large parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Landing Archeological District (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cradles (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Demler (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gully and Portage Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Magazin Royale (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewiston Mound (about 400 feet away); Fort Joncaire (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
 
Also see . . .  Lower Landing Archeological District. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRColonial EraNative AmericansWar, French and Indian
 
The Lower Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
4. The Lower Landing Marker
A close-up view of the map displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
5. The Lower Landing Marker
View of the historical marker looking east along the southern edge of the parking lot, with several outdoor art exhibits seen in the background.
The Lower Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
6. The Lower Landing Marker
View of the historical marker looking west, toward the site of the lower landing and the Niagara River.
The Lower Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
7. The Lower Landing Marker
View of the historical marker on the grounds of the artpark.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2. submitted on May 30, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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