Lewiston in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Cibola Anchor
From the wreckage of the steamship Cibola which caught fire at the Lewiston dock on July 15, 1895.
Tragedy struck in 1895 when the Cibola caught fire at the Lewiston dock and in turn, burned the American Hotel to the ground. The fire started in the oilroom at one o'clock in the morning while the 32 member crew slept. Everyone escaped except engineer William Hammond of Toronto, who perished in the blaze. The steel hull of the Cibola drifted 2 miles down the river and ran aground. This anchor is all that remains of the steamship.
Here is a picture of the Cibola taken from Lewiston. Queenston, Ontario, is on the other side of the Niagara River. The Cibola, which could carry 1200 passengers, was built in Kingston, Ontario, and was launched in 1887.
Lewiston's Busy Waterfront in 1895.
Lewiston was booming in 1895 as one of the major passenger ports on the Great Lakes. Over 10,000 people a day arrived and departed by steamships.
In this realistic painting by Niagara Falls artist Bob Averill, you can see the Canadian steamship, Cibola, arriving to drop off passengers from Toronto. Travelers would then get on a train to Buffalo and points beyond. The buildings known as the Trafford Mansion (far left) and Angler's Retreat (upper left) are still standing. The blue building on the right is the American Hotel which was
The red trolley was part of the Great Gorge Route and took passengers along the bottom of the gorge to Niagara Falls. Preident William McKinley took the trolley to Lewiston in 1901. His assasin was here in Lewiston and stalked him, eventually shooting McKinley later the same day in Buffalo at the Pan-Am Exposition.
Erected 2008 by Frank & Joanne Collins.
Location. 43° 10.317′ N, 79° 2.543′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Plain Street and Niagara Street on Plain Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the front of the Lewiston Museum of Historical Association of Lewiston. The museum is housed in a church building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 469 Plain Street, Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Little Yellow House - 1816 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kiwanians Promoting Peace (about 400 feet away); Underground Railroad Station #6 (about 400 feet away); The First Religious Society of Lewiston The Long and The Short House (about 500 feet away); 500 Center Street Archaeological Site (about 500 feet away); Hennepin Park (about 600 feet away); Kelsey Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers for the Great Gorge Route and where President McKinley was shot as mentioned on the marker.
Also see . . . Lewiston Museum - Historic Lewiston. (Submitted on April 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Disasters • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.