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Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light

 
 
Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light Marker
Inscription. Two structures mark the entrance to the Niagara River - the city of Buffalo water intake and the abandoned Horseshoe Reef Light.

The Horseshoe Reef Light, the dark metal structure atop a concrete base, was established in 1856 after Canada and England transferred an acre of territory in Canadian waters to the United States. The lighthouse actually stands on Middle Reef, more centrally located than Horseshoe Reef; the international boundary was moved by a 1908 treaty to put the lighthouse in American waters.

Two keepers alternated on duty at the lighthouse, which was considered one of the loneliest stations in the district, despite the nearness of a major city. The Buffalo crib intake, the round red-roofed structure, was built in the Emerald Channel nearby and its light established in 1908, and Horseshoe Reef Light was abandoned in 1920.
 
Erected by Buffalo Lighthouse Association.
 
Location. 42° 52.666′ N, 78° 53.385′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Fuhrmann Boulevard 1.3 miles north of The Skyway (New York State Route 5). Touch for map. Marker is at the end of the gated Coast Guard walkway, open 10A to sunset, that begins at the north terminus
Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light & Marker
In the distance, the water intake is at center. The Horseshoe Reef Light seems to be too far for my camera.
of Fuhrmann Boulevard. 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. Buffalo Main & Harbor Lights (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Lightship (a few steps from this marker); The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); International Shipmasters' Association (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Penobscot-Morania Collision (about 500 feet away); The Lifeboat Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Coast Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  Horseshoe Reef - Lighthouse Friends. (Submitted on July 9, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Northward
The Buffalo River entrance from Lake Erie is at right, as is Buffalo City Hall, which is the skyscraper at the right edge of this view.
Buffalo Water Intake image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. Buffalo Water Intake
Zoomed view.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 9, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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