Niagara River GreenwayIn 1847 George Zent opened the first Brewery in Tonawanda at Hinds and Niagara Streets directly ahead of you on top of the embankment. Lured by the unlimited supply of fresh water from from the Niagara River, economical shipping via the Erie Canal and a rapidly expanding market of thirsty dock workers and canawlers, Zent considered Tonawanda an ideal location. Water was brought in directly from the Niagara River via a pipe built over the canal. Initial production at the facility was 6,000 barrels a year. Over time, a series of mishaps, including several fires and a tornado, damaged the wooden sructures; consequently a brick brewery was built in 1914 and under the watchful eye of renowned brewmaster Prosper Peuquet (1920-1933), operations were diverted to non-alcoholic production and forced the closure of the facility. But by 1934 the brewery was fully operational again. After over 80 years of operation under a variety of names and owners such as Niagara River Brewing Co., Busch Brewing Co., and Tonawanda Brewing Co., Tonawanda's only brewery closed forever in 1948. The abandoned brick buildings were completely demolished in 1994 to make room for a small convenience plaza. It Wasn't All Beer Besides beer brewing, several Tonawanda families started soft drink production and/or distribution businesses.
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|Placed By||Historical Society of the Tonawandas|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 671234 N 4764499|
|Decimal Degrees||43.01388333, -78.89873333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 43° 0.833', W 78° 53.924'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||43° 0' 49.98" N, 78° 53' 55.44" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Riverwalk, Tonawanda NY 14150, US|
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