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

The Lowertown Historic District

 
 
The Lowertown Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 11, 2015
1. The Lowertown Historic District Marker
A different marker with an idential title is further east on Market Street.
Inscription. Dr. George W. Merchant, a skilled druggist and businessman, purchased this property in 1833. This then became the first home of Gargling Oil.

It was here, after a series of experiments, he brought out a medicine to be used in the treatment of certain diseases of horses. During this era, horses were used extensively to pull boats on the canal and post coaches over mail routes. Therefore, diseases among the many times overworked horses, were common.

In 1854 it was discovered that Gargling Oil would cure certain human illnesses as well.

Mr. John Hodge became a member of the firm which produced Garglng Oil. He initiated international advertising, which helped make Gargling Oil familiar to people of nearly the entire civilized world. One advertisement read, "Gargling Oil, good for man or beast."

The business was expanded to include Oak Orchard Acid Spring Water, which was also widely known to cure certain illnesses.

The business closed in 1947. However, today both the bottles for Gargling Oil and Oak Orchard Acid Spring Water, which were made at the Lockport Glass Company and came in many colors and sizes, are considered collectors' items.
 
Location. 43° 10.479′ N, 78° 41.287′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara
Marker and Benches image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 11, 2015
2. Marker and Benches
The Erie Barge Canal is behind and below the marker to the left. The buildings behind and to the right are associated to the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Tour business.
County. Marker can be reached from Market Street 0.2 miles west of Exchange Street. Touch for map. Marker is sandwiched between Market Street and the Erie Barge Canal in Scalzo Park. It is along Market Street between the railroad overpass and the docks for the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal tour boats. Marker is on a rise of land. Marker is in this post office area: Lockport NY 14094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sluice and Hall Spillway (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lockport Federal Building (approx. mile away); Barge Tie Ups & lock view looking west (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lockport Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bewley Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Electric Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Life on the Barges (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Locks West (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gargling Oil Story - Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. (Submitted on March 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Oak Orchard Acid Springs Bottle Image - New York Historical Society Museum. (Submitted on March 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Market Street, Heading Northeast image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 11, 2015
3. Market Street, Heading Northeast
The marker is where Market Street descends part of the Niagara Escarpment. It is pictured here next to the solitary tree at the left and farther in the background.
Scalzo Park Sign - Farther "Up" Market Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 11, 2015
4. Scalzo Park Sign - Farther "Up" Market Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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