Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rebirth & Renewal
Today the Commercial Slip has been restored: the redesign incorporates pieces of history, giving visitors an idea of its layout and function in the 1900s.
The Slip remained buried until spring 1999, when archaeologists working on an Empire State Development (EDSI) plan to revitalize the area uncovered a number of stones from the Slip walls.
The discovery of the stones from the Slip, and further discoveries including the abutment of a railroad bridge over the Slip at Prime Street, foundations of buildings along Lloyd Street, and additional sections of the Slip wall, sparked a four-year public debate.
Preservationists, archaeologists, community groups and environmentalists each has their opinions of what should be done.
After a series of rallies, conferences, studies and lawsuits, a new master plan, emphasizing Erie Canal History, was agreed upon. In October 2000, on the Erie Canal's 175th anniversary, then-Governor George Pataki annouced a plan to excavate and rewater the Commercial Slip. Construction of new Slip walls on the original site, using about 350 of the original stones, finally began in March 2006. The site, where you
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 52.631′ N, 78° 52.758′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Prime Street and Lloyd Street, on the left when traveling north on Prime Street. Touch for map. Marker is at Naval Park Cove at the southwest end of a pedestrian bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harboring Hopes (here, next to this marker); William Wells Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Wedding of the Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Big Picture (within shouting distance of this marker); God Honor and Country (within shouting distance of this marker); In Recognition of Long and Faithful Service (within shouting distance of this marker); 106th Field Artillery Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Cavalry Association (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 17, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.