Black Rock Lock turns 100

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo keeps changing, but the Black Rock Lock has stayed the same.

The US Army Corps of Engineers held guided tours Sunday off Niagara Street and showed historic photos of the lock. The historic waterway opened in 1914 and connected Lake Erie with the Erie Canal.

Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Karl Jansen said, “This lock has been very important since early 1900s. This connected Lake Erie to the canal, important for waterborne commerce.”

The Black Rock lock is one of the largest fresh water locks in the world. It costs more than $1 million to build in 1914. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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