|Looking North on Buffalo River From Entrance to Clark & Skinner Canal |
Near Michigan Ave.
Drawing near Buffalo upon the deck of a lake steamer, or looking across the broad bay toward the city from the south shore, you see a low strand, from which spring a great row of gigantic buildings which loom up out of all proportion to the narrow base upon which they stand. In the evening sunlight which falls upon their faces, they are a reddish brown, the smokey air of Buffalo softens their outlines, and their few small windows twinkle. They look fantastic and unreal! It appears hardly credible that such mighty masses, if substantial fabrics, could be supported upon such a shallow crust of earth. They seem like monstrous mushroom growths, sprung in a moment from the waters edge, and ready as suddenly again to disappear.
|Wilkeson & C.J. Wells Elevators at Foot of |
Washington & Indiana Sts. Elevator on left is the
Lyons on Peck Slip
Here is a mighty aggregation of central body and buttresses. Adjoining it is a single clear cut tower bulging out in middle like a morel. In all or nearly all, an excrescence juts over the water, and from this hangs the great bill or "leg", which the elevator, like a mosquito, plunges into the vessels to suck up their grain. Most of the elevators bear at their highest peak, a big water tank, for fire is their deadliest enemy. The river winds this way and that, but the elevators follow it wherever it goes. Between them, up and down, passes a continual procession of tugs, passenger steamers, propellers, barges and steam launches, and the air resounds day and night, with the chug of the steam engines, the sharp squeal of pilots' signals and the hoarse bellow of propeller whistles.