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Watchman's Flag Shanty, West Shore Railroad

 
 
Watchman's Flag Shanty, West Shore Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 17, 2014
1. Watchman's Flag Shanty, West Shore Railroad Marker
Inscription. The New York, West Shore and Buffalo Railroad was established in 1882, but the owners never expected it to be a successful business. They knew that rail baron Chauncey Depew did not like competition with his New York Central Railroad; they expected that Depew would purchase the West Shoe just as he had done with other rivals. After only one year of operation, the West Shore was bankrupt, and its holdings purchased by the New York Central. Construction in the Hollow took place between 1882 and 1883, and the first train crossed Main Street on 1 January 1884.

The West Shore crossed Main Street west of Salt Road.

The watchman's flag shanty guarded the West Shore Railroad crossing on Main Street in the Hollow. The watchman's shanty was a small building adjacent to the tracks. It was furnished with a bench, a comfortable chair and a small coal stove. The long-handled stop sign hung outside the door within east reach when a train approached.

The watchman's shanty at the West Shore crossing Main Street.

In 1959, the watchman's job was abolished. Mrs. Phyllis Ruszaj saved the shanty from destruction. It was moved by wagon to the Melvin Ruszaj farm on Salt Road. Michael and Barbara Scott donated the shanty to the Historical Society of Clarence in 2004.

The West Shore depot in Clarence Hollow was built in 1884.
 
Location.

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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 17, 2014
2. Watchman's Flag Shanty and Marker
42° 58.756′ N, 78° 35.874′ W. Marker is in Clarence, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (New York State Route 5) and Cummings Road on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10465 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Goodrich-Landow Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Clarence Town Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Our Comrades / In Grateful Memory (about 600 feet away); Town of Clarence - First Grist Mill in Erie County (about 700 feet away); Town of Clarence - Ransom's Grove (approx. mile away); Niagara Frontier (approx. 1.8 miles away); Clarence Center (approx. 2.8 miles away); J. Eschelman and Company Store (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarence.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the grounds of the Clarence Historical Society Museum. It is at the rear of the parking lot for the museum. The museum is on Main Street (NY 5) by the exit for Clarence Town Park (Cummings Road). The railroad has been gone for many decades.
 
Also see . . .
1. Clarence Historical Society. (Submitted on July 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Watchman's Flag Shanty, Track Segment, and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 17, 2014
3. Watchman's Flag Shanty, Track Segment, and Marker

2. West Shore Railroad - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Wider View Watchman's Flag Shanty, Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 17, 2014
4. Wider View Watchman's Flag Shanty, Marker
Watchman's Flag Shanty, Track Segment, Whistle Post and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 17, 2014
5. Watchman's Flag Shanty, Track Segment, Whistle Post and Marker
View from behind the marker and towards the museum parking lot and Clarence Town Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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