Saturday, August 28, 2010
Buffalo New York
As a falcon flies, it's 80 miles from Presqueile, PA to Buffalo, New York, a highly populated city. Freighters carry coal, iron and grains to ports on Lake Erie and the upper Great Lakes. Fishing boats are catching walleye.
Buffalo is located on the Niagara River where the waters from the Great Lakes above it rush madly toward Niagara Falls. The Welland Canal was built parallel to the Niagara River to let ships pass around Niagara Falls. Unlike the Niagara River with its turbulent currents and mighty waterfall, the Welland Canal was engineered with a system of locks that allow 1,000 foot ships as well as small pleasure boats to pass around Niagara Falls and into and out of the Upper Great Lakes on the giant staircase filled with water.