Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
History of Times Beach
The Industrial Heritage Trail
The beach and surrounding area along the seawall were popular with squatters during the early 1900s. These squatters were eventually displaced due to industrial development.
[photo] Times Beach, circa 1910. The inner harbor entrance channel and south pier are visible in the foreground.
In the early 1930s, the Buffalo Times newspaper proposed a free municipal bathing beach at the location of the former squatter community. The influence of the Buffalo Times resulted in the eventual opening of the beach, named after the newspaper. The municipal beach was short-lived,
The location of the now-closed Times Beach was ideal for storage of dredged materials. From 1971 to 1976, the Army Corps of Engineers used this site for disposal of over 550,000 cubic yards of dredged material from the Buffalo River, Buffalo Harbor, and the Black Rock Canal.
The confined disposal area was originally planned to be filled completely. However, the site began to support a significant diversity of wildlife, especially migratory birds. The Army Corps stopped using the site in 1976, and since then the area has been set aside as a wildlife preserve.
Location. 42° 52.471′ N, 78° 52.961′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard one mile north of The Skyway (New York State Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Times Beach Nature Preserve (here, next to this marker); The Connecting Terminal Elevator (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse Point Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Erie Canal / Two Waterfronts (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Connecting Terminal and General Mills Elevators (approx. ¼ mile away); PTF-17 (approx. ¼ mile away); USS The Sullivans (DD-537) (approx. ¼ mile away); 106th Field Artillery Regiment (approx. ¼ mile away). 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 July 11, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.