The Buttery Elevators
The Passing of a 19th-Century Landmark
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 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
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 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Inukshuk (approx. 0.2 miles away in Canada); 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); Eddy Basin (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Welcome to Whirlpool State Park (approx. 0.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
More about this marker. To avoid the half mile walk south from Whirlpool State Park to the marker, you may park on Whirlpool Street near Chasm Avenue
Also see . . .
1. The Buttery Elevator - Niagara Frontier.com. (Submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Niagara Scenic Parkway - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 618 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.