Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society
Photograph 72
The corner of Ganson Street and Michigan Avenue

A busy section of Buffalo's First Ward is alive and well in this stunning image from the early 1930s. A small switching engine from the Buffalo Creek Railroad is making a delivery to one of the many prolific industrial warehouses on Ganson Street near the foot of Michigan Avenue. The Buffalo Creek was the workhorse for the grain industry in Buffalo and was the liason between this section of the city and the major railroads that delivered grain and other products to be milled and/or stored in Buffalo's grain elevators. In fact, the General Mills elevator can be seen in the upper left corner of this image.

The truck in the foreground is more than likely loaded with sacks of flour or some other type of grain product.

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