History of LockportA Timeline of the Moments that Made Lockport
New York State Legislature passes an act marking present-day Lockport and its surrounding region as the area where the Erie Canal will pass through.
Jesse Haines, a Quaker settler, maps the future city of Lockport.
Lockport citizens convince the owner of the printing press, Bartimus Ferguson, to relocate from Lewiston to Lockport, which in turn becomes the seat of Niagara County.
As a solution to the 60-foot drop of the Niagara Escarpment that would prevent packet boats from completing their journey to Buffalo, construction begins on the Flight of Five lock system, an idea proposed by Nathan Roberts.
During construction, canal workers, who were mostly Irish, derail two slave hunters that arrive in Lockport, attempting to arrest a black barber. The city establishes itself as a stronghold of the abolition movement.
The Erie Canal opens from the Hudson River to the foot of the Lockport locks. Without their completion, freight and passengers are transported by carriage through Pendleton, then are repacked to continue their journey.
A $4 million loan with 5 percent interest is granted to enlarge the canal.
The Lockport Public School system is founded.
Daniel Price proposes that 6 parks in the village be designated for residential use. He wanted the “Central Park” to be located at the current site of the F&M Building. The proposition did not go through.
A saloon owner learns that President Lincoln is calling for civilian volunteers to fight in the Civil War before official notice is given. He rounds up Lockport residents, who are later recognized as the first volunteer regiment of the war.
Lockport becomes the first official city in Niagara County on April 11 of this year.
The first election held makes Benjamin Carpenter the city’s first mayor.
The city police force is founded this year.
Birdsill Holly, one of Lockport’s most prominent residents and the co- inventor of the steam fire engine, gets a patent for the fire hydrant.
Lockport builds its first planned park, known as the West Avenue Park. A fountain was added to this park in the 1880s, and it ran until it was dewatered in 1944.
Lockport City Hospital, which would later become Lockport Memorial, opens its doors with accommodations for 18 patients.
Harrison Radiator officially begins operations, shipping a radiator to Remington Standard Motor Co.
Construction begins on Lockport’s largest park, Outwater Memorial Park, which is still in existence today. The land was donated by Dr. Samuel Outwater in honor of his wife, Louella Scott, who loved the view from its location. The park’s domain has grown over the years to exceed 80 acres.
Lockport Palace Theatre opens, “built not for aristocracy, but for the people.”
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in East Avenue Park is completed. Local artist A. Raphael Beck was commissioned with a fundraised $30,000 the year earlier to design it. The monument has been repaired and restored several times since its creation, most recently in 2005.
The Lockport Public Library opens at its present site on East Avenue.
DeSales Catholic School opens its doors as an all- boys secondary school. It becomes co-ed about a decade later.
Gulf Wilderness Park, also known as Rollin T. Grant Park, is established this year. It begins as a 6 acre territory but has expanded to 75 acres that are enjoyed by its visitors today. It attracts dozens of hikers yearly who are attracted by the small waterfall known as Indian Falls.
Mike and Sharon Murphy start Lockport Canal Tours. They began their business with 2 pontoon boats.
The City of Lockport announces new city historian Craig Bacon. Craig can be reached at email@example.com or 716-434-3104
Timeline of Lockport Presidents and Mayors
List compiled by City Historian Craig Bacon.
Presidents of the Village Board
1829-1830 Joel McCollum
1830-1832 Lyman A. Spalding
1832-1834 Edward Bissell
1834-1837 Stephen B. Bond
1837-1838 Asahel Scoville
1838-1839 Joseph T. Bellah (1)
1839-1840 William C. House
1840-1841 William O. Brown
1841-1842 Isaac Dole
1842-1845 Solomon Parmele
1845-1846 Benjamin Carpenter (unverified, though historical record supports this)
1846-1847 Elias Ransom (unverified, though historical record supports this)
1847-1848 Isaac Colton (unverified, though historical record supports this)
1848-1849 George W. Jermain (1)
1849-1850 Solomon B. Moore
1850-1851 James G. Porter
1851-1852 Daniel A. Van Valkenburgh
1852-1853 Joseph T. Bellah (2)
1853-1854 Thomas Van Sickler
1854-1854 Joseph T Bellah (3) ~resigned~
1854-1855 George W. Jermain (2)
1855-1856 Alijah H. Moss
1856-1858 Hiram Gardner
1858-1859 Edward I. Chase
1859-1860 John R. St. John
1860-1861 James Jackson, Jr. (1)
1861-1862 Dudley Donnelly
1862-1864 Mortimer M. Southworth
1864-1865 David M. Mather
Mayors of the City of Lockport
- 1865-1867 Benjamin Carpenter
- 1867-1869 James Jackson, Jr (2)
- 1869-1870 Albert F. Brown
- 1870-1871 John Van Horn
- 1871-1872 Origen Storrs
- 1872-1873 Elisha Moody
- 1873-1874 Peter D. Walter
- 1874-1875 John H. Buck
- 1875-1875 Freeman H. Mott
- 1875-1876 Samuel R. Daniels
- 1876-1877 Hiram D. McNeil
- 1877-1878 Richard B. Hoag
- 1878-1881 John E. Pound
- 1881-1882 Ambrose S. Beverly
- 1882-1883 Edward W. Rogers
- 1883-1884 William Richmond
- 1884-1885 John Hawkes
- 1885-1888 William Spalding
- 1888-1890 Thomas Oliver
- 1890-1892 James S. Liddle
- 1892-1894 John T. Darrison
- 1894-1896 James Atwater
- 1896-1898 Charles Peterson
- 1898-1901 Calvin Sutliff
- 1902-1903 Louis E. Huston
- 1904-1905 William H. Baker (1)
- 1906-1907 Howard M. Witbeck 1908-1909 William H. Baker (2)
- 1910-1911 Dr. George E. Minard
- 29. 1912-1913 James J. Moran
- 1914-1915 George E. Brock
- 1916-1917 John Earl
- 1918-1921 William J. Gold
- 1922-1925 Ernest B. Crosby
- 1926-1929 Frank J. Moyer, Jr. (1)
- 1930-1933 Orrin C Blount
- 1934-1935 Henry E. Thurston
- 1936-1939 Allan W. VanDeMark
- 1940-1945 Edward H. Gailor
- 1946-1949 Fred Ringueberg
- 1950-1951 Franklin A. Johnston
- 1952-1955 William A. Maillet ~resigned~
- 1955 Loid H. Fredericks ~interim~ 1956-1957 Frank J. Moyer, Jr. (2)
- 1958-1961 Raymond A. Cothran
- 1962-1963 Robert T. Richards
- 1964-1971 Rollin T. Grant
- 1972-1975 Raymond Betsch (1)
- 1976-1977 Michael W. Shanley
- 1978-1979 Joan T. Radecke
- 1980-1985 Thomas Rotondo (1) 1986-1989 Raymond Betsch (2) 1990-1993 Thomas Rotondo (2)
- 1994-1999 Kenneth D. Swan
- 2000-2003 Thomas C Sullivan
- 2004-2014 Michael W. Tucker ~resigned~
- 2014-2018 Anne McCaffrey ~resigned~
- 2018 David Wohleben ~interim~
- 55. 2019- Michelle Roman