Harboring Hopes

Harboring Hopes (HM1L6I)

Location: Buffalo, NY 14202 Erie County
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N 42° 52.632', W 78° 52.754'

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There was fierce competition between Buffalo and Black Rock for the Canal's western terminus. Albany, the link to New York City, emerged as the perfect choice for the eastern end of the Canal. The western end was a far less obvious proposition. Three miles of dense forest separated the two leading contenders, Buffalo and Black Rock. With no natural harbor, shallow waters and a sandbar, Buffalo was not a logical choice. Somewhat sheltered from lake winds and benefiting from the natural rock formation after which it was named, Black Rock already boasted more commerce than Buffalo. By inexpensively developing a safe a workable harbor, Buffalo could overtake its rival. All images courtesy of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Buffalo Harbor from Exchange Buildings. George Smith, Drawing, September 1829. Judge Samuel Wilkeson. Reverend Albert Bigelo, 1850 ca. Oil on canvas. "I remember being perched on my father's shoulders as he waded across the mouth of Buffalo Creek in superintendence of the crib-laying, and being startled by the bugle-tone power of the magnetic voice which gave commands to his men as he walked." Samuel Wilkeson Jr. reflects upon his father, Judge Samuel Wilkeson. In 1819, nine villagers formed the first local businessmen's association, the Buffalo Harbor Company. Pledging their personal resources to gain a state loan of $12,000, they attempted to answer the challenge of the harbor. Under the leadership of Samuel Wilkeson, the village dammed Buffalo Creek to create a new channel across a sandbar, opening a new mouth for the creek that connected with the harbor entrance. The Canal Commissioners finally declared Buffalo as the canal's terminus in 1821. In 1825, Thaddeus Joy, with Charles Townsend and George Coit, created the Commercial Slip, the Canal's original western terminus, by excavating Little Buffalo Creek to connect the main line canal with the harbor and Lake Erie. Commercal Slip looking towards the city. Commercial Street Bridge, Photograph, ca. 1870. The area was a center of commerce and banking from the 1830s to the 1880s, and remained the home of light manufacturing businesses as well as saloons, boarding houses and brohels for years afterward. The canal was rebuilt and rerouted in 1918. In the 1920s and 1930s both the slip and the canal nearby were filled in and the slip became the right of way for the Hamburg drain, South Buffalo's major sewer line. Even after the Commercial Slip was filled in, this area remained the point of departure for passenger cruise services into the 1960s. The Canadiana, on the left, offered day trips to Crystal Beach amusement park on the Canadian shore. Cruise vessels Docked in the Inner Harbor, Photograph, ca. 1950.
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HM NumberHM1L6I
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
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Date Added Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 673207 N 4749359
Decimal Degrees42.87720000, -78.87923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 52.632', W 78° 52.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 52' 37.92" N, 78° 52' 45.24" W
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Area Code(s)716
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near LLoyd St, Buffalo NY 14202, US
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