They were as unique to the Buffalo waterfront as gondolas were to Venice. Something of our own – slipped away, lost in history.
One hundred and fifty years ago Buffalo's Bidwell & Banta shipyard built some of the largest and most luxurious wooden side-wheel steamboats in the world. These "Palace Steamers" rivaled the best of the ocean-going steamers of the Atlantic coast and were part of the romance of Buffalo's role as the gateway to the west.
Marie-Thérèse Guyon Cadillac traveled by water from Quebec City to Detroit, passing through the Niagara Region in 1702. A story of the Old French Frontier.
A drama created not from the imagination but from concrete excavation, paintings and drawings of the time, legal documents and site observation. What it was like to stand on the Buffalo waterfront before the railroads, when the only highway was on the water.
The Lake and Rail Elevator was built in four steps over the years 1927 to 1930, reaching a total capacity of 4,400,000 bushels.
The first widely-known image of Buffalo's waterfront was an intriguing building.
Scholar, gentleman, historian, raconteur, mentor and Central Wharf habitue.