Plaque commemorates western end point of Erie Canal

Plaque depicts setting of Buffalo in 1825

Mike Baggerman
June 12, 2019 - 2:45 pm

The plaque at Canalside at the corner of Explore & More Children's Museum and the Replica Canals. June 12, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A plaque to commemorate the original western end point of the Erie Canal was dedicated on Wednesday at Canalside.

The small plaque is placed at the corner of the Explore & More Children's Museum and the replica canals at Canalside. Its image of the setting at the time of the gateway that was completed on October 25, 1825. From that point, commerce would travel 363 miles east towards the Hudson River, which connected Buffalo to New York City.

The plaque at Canalside at the corner of Explore & More Children's Museum and the Replica Canals. June 12, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

"Our role as professional land surveyors is to retrace steps from our predecessors," Brian Skalman of the Niagara Frontier Land Surveyors Association said. "We dedicate this monument to professional land surveyors, past, present, and future, to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, and most importantly, to the citizens of Buffalo who are discovering all that Canalside and the city's waterfront has to offer."

Joel Dombrowski, who operates Double Decker Bus Tours in Buffalo, said that the plaque represents Buffalo's renaissance because of the region's past dependence on the canal.

"In 1800 if you were here in Buffalo you would be one of 300 people in the village," he explained. "We are a tiny western front of civilization according to Europeans. There were no roadways or waterways to get here from the east. That changed all in 1825 when this little waterway opened up."

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