Aerial view of the Buffalo River in 1924, before all the elevators in "Elevator Alley" were constructed. Katherine Street runs north to south in center of his image.
White rectangle in the above map shows the area pictured in the photo.
By the mid-1800s, shipping businesses were looking for additional access points to the Buffalo Harbor. Once completed, the City Ship Canal was immediately successful.
The "idlers" in the foreground are holding down part of the Atlantic Wharf on the north side of the Buffalo River between the Evans Slip and the Commercial Slip.
Freighter Frontenac being towed under the Ohio Street Bridge.