Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge (pre-1939) over the Buffalo River. A dredging boat is passing underneath, while a canal boat is tied up at right.
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.
At the turn of the 20th century, the foot of Main Street in Buffalo saw numerous ships travel through the harbor.
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.