Buffalo, NY

June 19, 2016  Father’s Day

I want to wish my father, Ed Davis, a Happy Father’s Day.  Love you very much.

The Moose Lodge fixed a free breakfast for all Dad’s.  It was very nice.  People we had met over the weekend were there and brought us new brochures of the area.  After breakfast, we headed out to find the Made in America store in Elma, NY.20160619_104456Mark Andol started this store in 2010.  They only sell products that are 100% made in America.  How cool is that?  You can read the history here.20160619_10460420160619_10462820160619_104641We bought a new broom. Lipman.  100% American made. They even sold Jack Daniel’s T-shirts.  Must be 100% made in America.  That is cool.20160619_112940Then off to Buffalo.20160619_113002Coca-Cola Field, Home of the Buffalo Bisons.20160619_113105That is City Hall.  DANG!!20160619_113126We drove right into downtown.20160619_113225Such pretty flowers.20160619_11433420160619_114339So we parked and walked over to what is called “Canalside”.  21-acre park on Lake Erie in Downtown Buffalo.  It was a beautiful day and crowded with people.20160619_114422October 26, 1825 The Erie Canal was opened. Governor Dewitt Clinton officially opened the canal. This was 8 years after he first broke ground on the 363 mile canal.  Governor Clinton boarded a packet boat, the Seneca Chief, bound for New York City.  He took along 2 wooded kegs filled with water from Lake Erie.  The canal opened trade from the Great Lakes to the Eastern Seaboard and Europe.  On November 4, the boats reached the end of the canal, at Albany.  From there, steamboats escorted the Seneca Chief down the Hudson River to the New York City Harbor.  In a triumphant ceremony, Governor Clinton poured the Lake Erie water into the Atlantic, wedding the Great Lakes to the ocean.20160619_114606They offer boat tours and Pirate ship adventures.20160619_114716Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.  This is the USS Little Rock, a Guided Missile Cruiser.  She is the sole surviving member of that fleet.20160619_11475020160619_114756The Spirit of Buffalo.20160619_114950Large waterfront area for boats.  This is the Buffalo River.20160619_115006Large boardwalk area.20160619_11502420160619_115037Lots and lots of kayaks. That is Times Beach Nature Preserve across the water.20160619_11504120160619_115104This leads to the Niagara River which leads to Niagara Falls.20160619_115154Buffalo is well known for their grain business. This photo was taken in 1868.20160619_11580520160619_11582520160619_121007The original Frontier Elevator was constructed in 1886.  In 1903, the Washburn-Crosby Co. built a brick flour mill next door, along with nine tile storage bins.  Much expansion took place in 1908-09 with a new mill and concrete elevator.  By 1913 it was the fourth largest elevating and milling company in the country.  After WWI the milling industry became very unstable.  In 1928 James Bell of Washburn-Crosby aligned a number of smaller milling companies to merge into the new General Mills. In 1941 a new mill for cereal & packaged goods was completed. When the plant opened it introduced “Cheerioats”, the country’s first ready-to-eat oat cereal.  In 1945 the name was changed to “Cheerios” to settle a trademark dispute. 20160619_121834There are a number of little parks around downtown.20160619_12184020160619_122554Very shallow pools for paddle boating.20160619_124046First Niagara Center – Home of the NHL- Buffalo Sabres20160619_124951The Liberty Building20160619_125243Has 2 Statues of Liberty.20160619_125449City Hall. Wow!20160619_12551620160619_125749Public Art.20160619_12575920160619_12584020160619_125848The 13th President 1850 -1853.  The last president not to be affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties.  He assumed the presidency after Zachary Taylor’s death.20160619_12594120160619_125956Cool looking building.20160619_130033All of these large buildings make the truck look really small.  That is a large church with the clock tower in the distance.20160619_131100Buffalo Harbor State Park.  This place is huge.

We enjoyed Buffalo a lot more than I would have expected.  It is off to Niagara Falls tomorrow. Cheers.

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