Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lighthouse Point Park
The parkland, promenade and restored lighthouse here were once key elements of the old Port of Buffalo. Early in the 19th century, the city's earliest lighthouse - one of the first on the Great Lakes - was built here. The promedade follows what once was a narrow stone pier projecting into Lake Erie, and the restored 1833 lighthouse occupoed a stone mound or molehead added to the pier's end.
Here, the stream of immigrants that settled America's heartlands reached the end of the Erie Canal. Some stayed to help build Buffalo; others followed their dreams past this pier and lighthouse and onto the vast expanse of the inland seas.
Here, schooners and steamships passed inbound to the docks and wharves of the harbor and canal, carrying the commerce of a growing America.
The pier eventually became a peninsula, as landfill was added to provide a base for lighhouse and lifeboat services to a port that expanded along the river and lake shores. That tradition continues, on the Coast Guard base that occupies the site today.
Parkland developed by the City of Buffalo, James D. Griffin, Mayor, in cooperation with The United States Coast Guard, The Buffalo Lighthouse Association, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 52.605′ N, 78° 53.061′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard 1.2 miles north of The Skyway (New York State Route 5), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the gated entrance to the Coast Guard walkway; open 10A to sunset. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fuhrman Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The South Pier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lighthouse Service (about 500 feet away); The Coast Guard (about 600 feet away); The Lifeboat Station (about 700 feet away); The Industrial Heritage Trail (about 800 feet away); Birthplace of the Grain Elevator (about 800 feet away); Western New York Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Connecting Terminal Elevator (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 3, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.