Grain elevators along the Buffalo River will be one of Explore Buffalo’s stops on the tour of Buffalo’s waterfront. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)
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Buffalo’s waterfront will be highlighted this month during a walking tour offered by Explore Buffalo each Sunday (June 8, 15, 22 and 29). Tours take place from 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. and meet in front of the Swannie House (170 Ohio St.).

Topics of the tour will include the Erie Canal and the development of the grain elevator; the Old First Ward neighborhood and immigration to Buffalo; the Cobblestone District and waterfront industry; and railroad history, including the DL&W and NY Central.

“Buffalo grew from the water’s edge, as the Erie Canal and later the railroads brought unprecedented commerce and industry to the city,” a recent release notes. “This waterfront walking tour will explore some of the oldest neighborhoods of Buffalo, many of which have gone through numerous transitions and are in the midst of yet another change as the city returns its focus to the water.”

Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Tickets are $15, or $5 with valid student ID. Reservations are encouraged; visit

Ohio Street is currently closed for construction from Michigan Avenue to Louisiana Street, so participants should use the posted detours and avoid Ohio Street.

– Kristy Kibler

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