The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 22 July 1835, page 2

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Buffalo Harbour--important publick improvement.--An improvement of great importance to the commercial interests of this city, which has been long projected, is, we understand, about to be accomplished, by individual enterprise. Buffalo harbour, as is well known, is constituted wholly of Buffalo Creek--no part of the lake being susceptible of occupancy as harbour; and as that stream is narrow, though deep, the harbour extends far inland. A difficulty has always existed, and is yearly increasing, arising from the crowded state of the harbour, near the entrance, rendering it difficult and toilsome to pass vessels in. Hence it is that the remark is often made, namely, Buffalo harbour is too small; when, in truth, less than one twelfth of the harbour is yet occupied.

To add to the ease of egress and ingress, and to augment the facilities of occupying and improving all parts of our harbour front, we learn that a contract has been closed, by several gentlemen, with Col. O.H. Dibble, for carrying out the original project of Joseph Ellicott, Esq. thus forming another mouth to Buffalo Harbour.--At the easterly line of our city, the Buffalo Creek approaches to within eighty rods of the Lake shore. At this point a cut is to be made, one hundred feet in width, from the harbour to the Lake, of sufficient depth for navigation, and secured, at the Lake end, by a pier extended into the Lake. This entrance will be a mile or more from the present one; and by doubling the facilities of admission and departure, will largely provide for the rapidly augmenting commerce of our Lakes. The work, we learn, is to be completed the ensuing season, and when done to be dedicated to the publick, without any charge or encumbrance, whatever.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 22 July 1835, page 2