Buffalo - A Network of Canals

Buffalo - A Network of Canals (HM1LFO)

Location: Buffalo, NY 14202 Erie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 52.646', W 78° 52.716'

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Sail Lofts, Stables, Grain Elevators, Brothels, Saloons

Commercial Slip connected the Buffalo River to the Erie Canal mainline, 100 yards northeast of this site. It marked the original terminus of the Erie Canal, but was soon joined by many other artificial waterways around Buffalo Harbor. As commerce blossomed, shippers, millers, grain merchants, and land speculators cut dozens of slips, channels, side cuts, basins, and small canals so that lake and canal boats could reach warehouses and elevators to be loaded and unloaded. Buffalo developed around this busy network of canals and slips. Three- and four-story wood and brick buildings crowded the area, serving the needs of commerce and workers. These housed sail lofts, ship chandler's shops, stables, warehouses, grocers, wholesale merchants, hotels, brothels, saloons and tenements. The canal district had much of the character of a frontier boomtown - pervasive lawlessness, quickly-made (and quickly lost) fortunes, and poor living conditions. Buffalo Harbor ca. 185. Intense traffic on the Erie Canal between Erie and Genessee Streets, ca. 1880.
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
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Date Added Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 673258 N 4749387
Decimal Degrees42.87743333, -78.87860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 52.646', W 78° 52.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 52' 38.76" N, 78° 52' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)716
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near LLoyd St, Buffalo NY 14202, US
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