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Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Buffalo - A Network of Canals

Sail Lofts, Stables, Grain Elevators, Brothels, Saloons

 
 
Buffalo - A Network of Canals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. Buffalo - A Network of Canals Marker
Inscription. Commercial Slip connected the Buffalo River to the Erie Canal mainline, 100 yards northeast of this site. It marked the original terminus of the Erie Canal, but was soon joined by many other artificial waterways around Buffalo Harbor. As commerce blossomed, shippers, millers, grain merchants, and land speculators cut dozens of slips, channels, side cuts, basins, and small canals so that lake and canal boats could reach warehouses and elevators to be loaded and unloaded.

Buffalo developed around this busy network of canals and slips. Three- and four-story wood and brick buildings crowded the area, serving the needs of commerce and workers. These housed sail lofts, ship chandler's shops, stables, warehouses, grocers, wholesale merchants, hotels, brothels, saloons and tenements. The canal district had much of the character of a frontier boomtown - pervasive lawlessness, quickly-made (and quickly lost) fortunes, and poor living conditions.
Buffalo Harbor ca. 1855. Intense traffic on the Erie Canal between Erie and Genessee Streets, ca. 1880.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.646′ N, 78° 52.716′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection
Text with Picture Panel image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Text with Picture Panel
of Lloyd Street and Marine Drive, on the right when traveling south on Lloyd Street. Touch for map. 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. Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse (here, next to this marker); The Big Picture (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); Harboring Hopes (within shouting distance of this marker); Rebirth & Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Lower Picture Panel image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Lower Picture Panel
Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. Back of Marker
Lloyd Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
5. Lloyd Street
This is the left of a pair of markers situated like open double doors. The elevated highway is The Skyway, NY Route 5. Note the old grain elevator in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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