Tonawanda News


February 22, 2014

TUCKER: Cleaning out revives life's memories

Tonawanda News — Around town

Bob Derner needs some help from the City of Tonawanda officials. Bob emailed the following plea:

“I see the bridge swing mechanism on the bridge behind my home every day! These politicians don’t realize what a remarkable connection to their history they have. Maybe a letter to the council asking for a plaque next to it from former graduates of THS would help. (I’ll try anything to get it done. I have no shame) (The bridge) is next to the Riverwalk that has visitors from all parts of the world who come all summer and walk by it. It’s the last remaining, hand-operated, swing bridge left on the New York State Barge Canal and was built in 1886 by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Co. to transport lumber to eastern markets from one of the largest lumber ports in the world at that time.”

Thanks Bob. We’ve all seen that remarkable bridge every time we cross the canal. And Bob’s right, a standing plaque denoting the bridge’s history as well as the importance of the Erie Canal and the Tonawandas, would be fascinating reading to locals and visitors alike. My hope is that it won’t take Tonawanda as long to put up this plaque as it is for North Tonawanda to take down its signals and stop signs.


Hope it isn’t too late to heap some praise on the City of Tonawanda DPW workers who, after the last snow, removed the snow banks on Main Street and Seymour Street. What a great job. There we were in the middle of a horrible winter with snowbanks everywhere, impeding sight of drivers, making access to stores and businesses nearly impossible, and it was the DPW to the rescue. I didn’t think I’d see a curb until July and lo and behold, there they were. Thanks.

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