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International Railroad Bridge

1873-1973

 
 
International Railroad Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 17, 2015
1. International Railroad Bridge Marker
Inscription. Renowned bridge crossing the Niagara River. Designed and built by Sir Casimir S. Gzowski, noted Polish-Canadian engineer. Begun in 1870. Completed in 1873.
 
Erected 1973 by Polish Union of America, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 55.969′ N, 78° 54.069′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Niagara Street (New York State Route 266) and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north on Niagara Street. Touch for map. Marker is fixed to the northwest corner of the FedEx Trade Network building. Marker faces Niagara Street, however the building address is 128 Dearborn Street. Marker is at the corner of Bridge Street which is not a named street on Google Maps. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Dearborn Street, Buffalo NY 14207, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Porter Square (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Market Square (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Market Square (about 700 feet away); Black Rock (about 700 feet away); Black Rock Harbor
Eastward - Bridge Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 17, 2015
2. Eastward - Bridge Street
(about 700 feet away); Burning of Blackrock and Buffalo (about 700 feet away); Jacob Smith House and Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
More about this marker. It is not possible to shoot the marker and bridge together. The bridge is constantly watched by U.S. Border Patrol. The figure at the top of the marker is the Buffalo History Museum.
 
Regarding International Railroad Bridge. The International Railway Bridge is operated by Canadian National Railway and connects with CSX Railroad on the U.S. side of the Niagara River. There are only two rail crossings of the Niagara River. The other crossing is the upper deck of the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge in Niagara Falls, NY. That crossing is owned and used exclusively by Amtrak. All freight on rail crosses the Niagara River on the International Railway Bridge. It is single track. Canadian Pacific Railway has trackage rights over the International Railway Bridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. International Railway Bridge - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 21, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Southward - NY 266 Niagara Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 17, 2015
3. Southward - NY 266 Niagara Street
To the right, the railroad overpass leads to the International Railroad Bridge. Marker is between the tree trunks.

2. Casimir Gzowski - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 21, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Black Rock Channel Swing Bridge - You Tube. Video of the swing portion of the International Railway Bridge closing over the Black Rock Channel and Interstate 190. Note the single lane steel deck on the south side of the swing bridge that the public can drive on to access the northern part of Unity Island (nee Squaw Island) and Broderick Park. (Submitted on September 19, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
International Railroad Bridge Black Rock Canal Span image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 17, 2015
4. International Railroad Bridge Black Rock Canal Span
This swing span of the bridge is over the Black Rock Canal (left side)and Interstate 190 (right side - depressed). This span is from Squaw Island (left) to the U.S. mainland (right). It does occassionaly swing open in season for ships. The marker is Squaw Island- Divided Island and it is in the database. The island has been officially renamed Unity Island.
North Side of International Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 18, 2016
5. North Side of International Railroad Bridge
From Unity Island towards Canada.
South Side of International Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 18, 2016
6. South Side of International Railroad Bridge
From Unity Island towards Canada.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   5, 6. submitted on September 19, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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