Interesting tour highlights region’s industrial heritage
All of us should be aware of the Industrial Heritage Committee and its fascinating boat tour. One was held on July 4 and there will be four more opportunities this summer to participate. For 32 years, the Industrial Heritage Committee has been telling the story of Buffalo’s industrial past with a focus on our historic grain elevators.
My husband and I have taken the Historic Buffalo River Tour many times, beginning 30 years ago, and never get tired of hearing this Buffalo history. More than that, each time there is something new to see on reuse of the grain elevators and redevelopment of the whole area.
The changes over 32 years are remarkable. The Buffalo River has been cleaned up and development has been constant. On the Fourth, the Miss Buffalo had to be vigilant to stay clear of kayakers, water-bikers and other watercraft.
Lorraine Pierro, president of the Industrial Heritage Committee, and Jerry Malloy, editor of the Buffalo History Gazette, have put together this great history with an oral presentation throughout the tour, along with framed and mounted clippings, DVDs and other memorabilia. We applaud them for making us aware of Buffalo’s extraordinary waterfront industrial heritage and the redevelopment that has been accomplished.
Incidentally, on the tour on July 4, we sat with a couple from Los Angeles who had learned about this tour on their local PBS station and were so happy to be visiting Buffalo on a tour day.