Lockport, New York – An Early Pioneer of US Water Powered Industrialization

A remnant of a bygone era of water power; before James Watt patented the steam engine, Samuel Brown brought us the first internal combustion engine (ICE) or Nikola Tesla developed alternating current (AC) hydroelectricity. 

Here, on the cliffside of the Niagara Escarpment in Western New York are the remains of water powered factories (of their day). Water was channeled in sluice ways and aqueducts from the upper portion of the Erie Canal and sent through mechanical water wheels and primitive turbines before entering the canal below. 

The Flight of Five locks, a hydraulic elevator to lift the barges and a land-locked, but water navigable location of commerce, give this town its name – Lockport.

Photograph by Hans Hyde, 16 April 2017

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