“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lockport in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Upper Locks View

Upper Locks View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
1. Upper Locks View Marker
Inscription. The canal ride from Rochester to Lockport was some what of a lark. The Long Level, as it was known, was a 63 mile trip uninterrupted by locks. The approach to Lockport, after all, marked the next to last stop in a long, weary trip across the state. The only challenge that stood between the boat and the western terminus of the canal in Buffalo was the flight of locks in Lockport.
It wasn’t uncommon for boat captains to quicken the pace to gain a margin of time, in the event there were delays getting through the locks. The ascent to the top of the Escarpment, up more than sixty feet in five gigantic steps, was an exhilarating experience. Even the captain and the crew were excited to “sail uphill.”
Lockport itself was an interesting town. Travellers could pass the time watching the busy locks in the event they were delayed. Sightseeing and shopping were also very popular actives. Lockport had a reputation for fine shops and hotel accommodations. The most appealing aspect about Lockport was its frontier look, something visitors expected when traveling to the legendary West.

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Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) was a French army Captain who sympathized with the American cause during the Revolution. He volunteered his services to Congress and became a Major General in the Continental Army. The counter considered him a great hero. He was invited to Lockport in June of 1826 where he marveled at the engineering genius that produced the twin fight of locks.
Erected by New York State Canals. (Marker Number 8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 43° 10.257′ N, 78° 41.587′ 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 (a few steps from this marker); Old Locks West (a few steps from this marker); Lock Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great American Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockport City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Hydraulic Race Control Gates (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Lock Construction (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
More about this marker. This marker is located beside the canal locks, below the Pine Street Bridge.
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
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 232 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. 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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