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

Old Locks West

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
1. Old Locks West Marker
Inscription. “The site of the locks at Lockport, from the time of the original canal to the present had never changed. The early engineers found the logical location for locks in this vicinity and the same place has been used ever since. The romance of ancient geological happenings have attached to this site. Where the locks now stand the rushing waters from the Great Lakes once poured, falling over a precipice and excavating the gorge through which the canal passes on its coursed to the east…”
Noble Whitford, History of the Barge Canal of New York State (1921)

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Martin Van Buren (1782 -1862). Prior to becoming the eighth U.S. President (and the first American born President), Van Buren created in New York State, the largest “political machine” the United States had ever seen. Known as “The Little Magician” and “The Red Fox of Kinderhook”, Van Buren was instrumental in helping Governor DeWitt Clinton’s Erie Canal legislation become law.
 
Erected by New York State Canals. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 43° 10.259′ N, 78° 41.576′ 
Old Locks <i>West</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
2. Old Locks West Marker
W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Pine Street, Lockport NY 14094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life on the Barges (here, next to this marker); Upper Locks View (a few steps from this marker); Lock Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockport City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great American Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Electric Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hydraulic Race Control Gates (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located beside the canal locks, beneath the Pine Street Bridge.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Old Locks <i>West</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
3. Old Locks West Marker
This marker is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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