Western New York Heritage

Bidwell & Banta: Pioneer Great Lakes Shipbuilders

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.

The full content is available in the Spring 2003 Issue.