As the Erie Canal opened up the nation's interior to the industrialized East, businessmen were eager to exploit the now-accessible natural resources of Western New York. Stephen White and the East Boston Timber Company found just what they were looking for on Grand Island.
Once an uninhabitable forest full of rock ledges, the area now known as Lockport seemed like an unlikely spot for a boom town. That all changed when the Erie Canal needed a place to climb the Niagara Escarpment.
January 6, 1936, rear of Le Couteulx Street in the Canal district. A New Year's Day blast destroyed the building that formerly occupied the vacant plot in the foreground, killing 5 persons.
The Montezuma Swamp may be outside our immediate area, but it is familiar to us all from travel on the NYS Thruway. Doug Farley tells the story of how this immense obstacle was overcome in the building of the Great Erie Canal.
The Van Horn Mansion has deep roots in Niagara County history. The prominent brick building, dating back to 1823, is being restored to reflect the glory days of the Van Horn family.
A series of Erie Canal images, associated with the Buffalo-based Pitts Agricultural Works.
When the Erie Canal first opened, the Commercial Slip was a major shipping port along the canal. Today, it is seeing a resurgence with the events going on at Canalside.
From its beginning on the Erie Canal, Lockport grew as a city. A pictorial look at components of its distinctive history.