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Lockport, New York: Lockport Locks: Flight of Five

Abandoned for decades, the "Flight of Five" staircase locks on the Erie Canal have been restored with working gates and some photo-worthy statues. The cutting edge of transportation technology circa 1830.

80 Canal St., Lockport, NY
Downtown, at the intersection of Pine, Gooding, Ontario, and Canal Sts.
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Lock Tenders Tribute.

Lock Tenders Tribute

This sculpture at the Flight of Five canal locks, by local artist Susan Geissler, was created from a 1897 photograph. Her sculpture also includes the photographer who took that photo. It makes for a great selfie to include yourself with those lock tenders, provided your camera has a timer!

[Thom H, 07/15/2022]

We await the day when sculptors include themselves sculpting the photographer taking the photo of the people in the photo that's now a sculpture.


Lockport Locks: Flight of Five

One of the most iconic sites along the Erie Canal is Lockport's famous Flight of Five locks. Locks 69 and 70 were originally completed in 1849; their massive hand-operated wooden gates were just recently restored. The still-active Locks 34 and 35 have equally massive steel doors that allow modern boats to traverse the Niagara Escarpment. There are several canal-related sites nearby, and the pedestrian-only Canal Street overlooks the Erie Canal.

[Drake Ventoris, 04/07/2022]

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