Fort Niagara State Park Travel Guide

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    by Yaqui Written Aug 19, 2009

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    The earthwork walls of Fort Niagara were reinforced with concrete and brick between 1863 and 1872 due to tensions with British Canada over the American Civil War. Tempers had cooled by 1872, and guns were never mounted here. Steps descend to the South Casemate Gallery designed to contain four 24-pounder cannon whose fire would interlock with that of the North Gallery visible across the ditch. Firing slits for riflemen and a powder magazine are located at the end of the gallery.

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    Once you’re here, if you look across the river you should see Fort George. It was during the War of 1812 Fort Niagara exchanged many artillery barrages with British-held Fort George. In 1840’s heavy guns were placed here and along the river wall. After the Civil War they built a New Fort Niagara, which it had become Fort Niagara State Park in 1965. There is lovely stone 1871 lighthouse and was used until 1993.

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    Dedicated to the ill-fated French soldiers of Fort Denonville, this bronze cross was erected by the Knights of Columbus in 1926. During the terrible winter of 1687-88 disease and starvation reduced the Fort's garrison of 100 men to only 12 survivors. The present monument commemorates a wooden cross under which Father Pierre Millet, a French Jesuit priest who had erected in memorial to those who had passed and survived.

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  • Dec 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I was in this area recently on a business trip and stayed over an extra day to see Niagara Falls and Fort Niagara. This old fort is amazingly old and well presented by a good museum and restored buildings. It is well worth the visit

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