Lockport's Natural Caves

Posted by MJ

The Buffalo News had an article by Niagara County historian Craig Bacon about Lockport's Limestone cave system.

Caverns of an indeterminate length and size wind under the city’s yards and streets. They have been traversed, explored, studied, polluted and debated for nearly 200 years, but there are as many unfounded rumors about the caves as there are documented facts.
What is undisputed is that the Lockport cave is a natural, limestone cavity. It is not to be confused the with the man-made cave on the northern side of the Erie Canal, which is used today as a tourist attraction, or the culvert covering Eighteen Mile Creek as it crosses the eastern part of the city.
The earliest mention of the cave dates to 1816, when John Comstock built a cabin near its mouth....
 It's interesting to note where Cave Street's name came from and a little more history about the caves that I heard about here and there.

After watching Sanctum last night, we're sure we would not want to explore them even if they were still accessible. I would love to see pictures though. It's also very interesting to here of homeowners who ad access from their basements. How interesting that would have been as child.


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william tilton said...

My Dad and Uncle Butch used to go in them..i know of One way In But have never Explored them myself..My dad said in one stop..they dropped a rock and never heard it hit bottom..When I asked him if you could get in at this location he said your Uncle Butch told you didn't He...lol

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