ERIE CANAL SITE

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Transportation
Location
Kohler and South Niagara St., Tonowanda, NY
Lat/Long
43.017024, -78.889976
Grant Recipient
Historical Society of the Tonawandas
Historic Marker

ERIE CANAL SITE

Inscription

ERIE CANAL SITE
TO AVOID THE STRONG CURRENT
OF THE MIGHTY NIAGARA RIVER
THE ERIE CANAL WAS BUILT
ADJACENT TO THE RIVER FROM
HERE TO BUFFALO IN 1825.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2013

The Niagara River is arguably one of the most powerful rivers in New York State. To avoid threats posed to canal boats by the river’s strong currents, engineers built the Erie Canal alongside the river from Tonawanda, NY to Buffalo, NY in 1825.