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Niagara County, New York
The Lock City
The City Of Smokeless Power
Here is a history page for Lockport.
The Lockport Locks and the Erie Canal.
In 1817, the Erie Canal was begun in Rome, New York. Work moved along through the wilderness of the western portion of the state. The canal had to climb nearly 80 feet up a cliff before turning towards Lake Erie. It took five locks to take the canal up the escarpment. Nicknamed the "Flight of Five," the locks are what made the Erie Canal possible. The portion of the canal in the Lockport area was the most difficult part of the construction.
Lockport is a city in the northwestern part of New York State. The city is on the New York State Barge Canal System and got its name from the set of large canal locks which allow boats on the canal to traverse the Niagara Escarpment (about a 50-foot drop-off). The Town of Lockport surrounds the city on all sides and has a population of about 18,629 (1998 figures).
Lots of good information about Lockport.
Lockport Locks/Canal Emporium and Erie Canal Cruises, Inc.
210 Market Street
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone: (716) 433-6155
Fax: (716) 433-3679
A unique narrated cruise along the Old Erie Canal while passing through historic sites and five original 1825 locks. Cruise boat is raised and lowered 50 feet in the only double locks on the Erie Canal. Historic information about the Canal on display in the Emporium's Interpretive Center. Please call for current hours and admission fees
Lockport Cave Tours
21 Main St.
Lockport, NY 14094
This is a tour of a man made water power tunnel blasted out over 150 years ago by fire hydrant inventor Birdsill Holly. The tour also includes a walking tour of the Erie Canal Locks. Because of the age of the tunnel natural cave formations such as stalactites and flowstone can be observed.
Lockport is the County Seat for Niagara County.