Erie Canal

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Erie Canal

Description

The Erie Canal in North Tonawanda followed the existing Tonawanda Creek from Pendleton. The first work done locally was the 1823 construction of a wooden dam near present-day Gateway Park to raise the level of the creek four feet. In 1918 this dam was removed when the length of the Erie was re-engineered to become the Erie Barge Canal. The Tonawanda and Buffalo portions of the canal were abandoned at that time, making North Tonawanda the canal's new western terminus. In 1923 Tonawanda began filling in the old canal. The work was not yet complete in 1929.

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Erie Canal lock in Tonawanda, photo (c1890).jpg

Erie Canal lock in Tonawanda, photo (c1890).jpg

This small lock allowed boats to pass from the Erie Canal in Tonawanda to Tonawanda Creek past the dam and the Niagara River. It was located a little…

Niagara Street, Tonawanda, hi-res, postcard (c1900).jpg

Niagara Street, Tonawanda, hi-res, postcard (c1900).jpg

Showing Hunphrey & Vandervoort Insurance, Schnell's, the old Erie Canal and more.

Erie Canal, Sweeney Street on left, former Main Street bridge in center, hi-res photo (LOC, c 1905).jpg

Erie Canal, Sweeney Street on left, Main Street bridge in center, med-res photo (LOC, c 1905).jpg

Facing east along the Erie Canal, with Sweeney Street (at present-day Gateway Park) on the left bank. It would seem we are looking at three different…

Tonawanda Dam, looking NE, photo (1916-04-21).jpg

Tonawanda Dam, looking NE, photo (1916-04-21).jpg

Also pictured: Niagara Maid Silk Mills, Sweeney Building

Bridge over Erie Barge Canal dividing Tonawandas, postcard (c1925).jpg

Bridge over Erie Barge Canal dividing Tonawandas, postcard.jpg

First National Bank, Tonawanda Power Co. also pictured.

Bridge over Erie Barge Canal, postcard (c.1930).jpg

Bridge over Erie Barge Canal, postcard.jpg

Showing First Trust, Tonawanda Power Co., more.

Bridges over Erie Canal, postcard (c1950).JPG

Bridge over Erie Canal, Main-Webster, postcard (c1950).JPG

Bascule bridge in the distance.