dark now, even at sunset,
stands as a symbol of
the Queen City of the Lakes’
status as the gateway to the west,
stolen after a century-long reign
by a Seaway from the St. Lawrence.
(photo subject: 1833 Lighthouse, Buffalo, NY)
Through the 1800s, immigrants passed through Buffalo,
to their final destinations in the west and mid-west.
Buffalo continued to serve as a center of commerce and industry
until the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway bypassed it in 1959,
virtually eliminating its usefulness as a grain and rail hub.