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.
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From its beginning on the Erie Canal, Lockport grew as a city. A pictorial look at components of its distinctive history.
In the late 1800s, piles of lumber stretched for miles as the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda developed around the harbor and the surging lumber industry.
The Erie Canal opened the West-- but getting there could be a deadly gamble, as this 1841 tragedy demonstrated.