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La Salle is a neighborhood on the east side of Niagara Falls. La Salle was originally a separate village until 1927, when it merged with the village of Niagara Falls to become the city of Niagara Falls. La Salle was known as Cayuga Creek until 1862, when it was named "La Salle" after explorer Robert Cavalier De La Salle, who launched his boat, the "Griffon" from the area to explore the Great Lakes.


St. John De La Salle Roman Catholic Church, on Buffalo Avenue. The church was built in 1959.



Houses on 84th Street.



Houses on 79th Street.



A house on Buffalo Avenue.



Wendt's Dairy, on Buffalo Avenue. The dairy has existed since 1948 and was part of the Niagara Milk Corporative until it closed in 2008.



Businesses on Buffalo Avenue.



A building on Buffalo Avenue.



Houses on Cayuga Drive.



A house on Cayuga Drive.



Houses on 86th Street in the Homestead Park subneighborhood.



A house on Bollier Avenue in Homestead Park.



A house on Military Road in Homestead Park.



Houses on 82nd Street.



A house on Lindbergh Avenue.



A house on Creekside Drive.



Houses on 91st Street.



A house on Cayuga Drive.



A house on Cayuga Drive.



The Moonlite Motel, on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 78th Street.




Cayuga Island is an island in the Niagara River and is separated from La Salle by the Little Niagara River. It was on the Little Niagara River that Robert Cavalier De La Salle launched his boat and began inland navigation of what would become the United States. The island was first called Burdett's Island, after John BUrdett, who farmed the land. In the late 1800s, the island became dotted with cottages for people interested in fishing and other recreational activities.


A house on Rivershore Drive.



A house on Champlain Avenue.



A house on Hennepin Avenue.



A house on Rivershore Drive.



A house on Rivershore Drive.



A house on Rivershore Drive.



A house on Rivershore Drive.



An old farmhouse on 86th Street.




Love Canal is a neighborhood named after the Love Canal, which was dug in the middle of the area. The Love Canal was begun by William T. Love, who planned to dig a canal to the Niagara Escarpment to the north, have the canal create a waterfall as it fell over the Escarpment to provide power, and then empty in to the Niagara River downstream. The power generated from the waterfall would power "Model City", his planned city north of the surrent village of Lewiston. Work on the canal was begun in 1894, but the project was abandoned in 1896, and work on the canal was stopped. The canal was used as a swimming hole until the 1920s, when residents and the city of Niagara Falls began using the sealed-off canal as a dumping area. The old canal was bought in 1942 by the Hooker Chemical & Plastics Company.

In 1978, the president of the Love Canal Homeowners' Associtaion began worked to find out why her son had developed epilepsy, athsma, and other illnesses. She asked residents about their families, and other families were also experiencing illnesses or birth defects, or were finding puddles of foreign liquids bubbling to the surface. After finding out that that over 20,000 tons of chemical waste were buried underground, city officials were brought in to investigate the problem, but did not take any action. The Environmental Protection Agency later investigated and found toxic substances. On August 7, 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared a federal health emergency, and the Federal Disaster Assistance Agency was sent to help in cleaning the site. it was the first time in American history that emergency funds were used for something other than a natural disaster.

Since the disaster, the area north of the old Love Canal has been re-branded as Black Creek Village in order to distance itself from the Love Canal disaster.


Infill on 93rd Street.



An old, isolated parking lot on 93rd Street.



Structures on Read Avenue.



An abandoned parking lot on Read Avenue.



A Freemason lodge on Colvin Boulevard.



Houses on 98th Street in the Black Creek Village part of Love Canal.



Remnants of driveways on 100th Street, where an entire block of houses once stood.



The Love Canal Containment Area, from 100th Street.



Only a few houses that were near the old canal, like this one on 101st Street, remain.



A house on 101st Street.



A house on 102nd Street.



An empty block where houses once stood, from 102nd Street.



Looking across an abandoned residential block from 102nd Street at a house on 101st Street.



The Love Canal Leachate Treatment Facility, located on the old Love Canal at 97th Street.

 

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Love Canal seems like an eerie place. People had their dreams and lives ripped away from them.

Nice houses on Lakeshore. XZMATTZX, you should take a drive along the Canadian side sometime. From the Peace Bridge to the Falls. Some interesting communities and house along the river there too.
 

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Great thread, great pictures, and interesting tour. But I didn't see much (if any) of DeVeaux at all. Your other thread, http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=167895 , is awesome. No tour of Niagara Falls is complete without it. My inlaws' next door neighbor's house is in one of these DeVeaux pics, and I just love this neighborhood.
Thanks. I'm not sure what you mean by not seeing any DeVeaux pictures; I covered the La Salle and Love Canal areas here. If you want to see my DeVeaux pictures, you can use the link that you gave or go here.
 

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Thanks. I'm not sure what you mean by not seeing any DeVeaux pictures; I covered the La Salle and Love Canal areas here. If you want to see my DeVeaux pictures, you can use the link that you gave or go here.
Yeah, thanks. I took another look at the title of your thread and saw what you mean about intending to cover just La Salle, Cayuga Island and Love Canal here. I didn't mean to offend you. In fact, I was complimenting you--not just on this thread, but also the one on DeVeaux for which I posted the link.
 

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Yeah, thanks. I took another look at the title of your thread and saw what you mean about intending to cover just La Salle, Cayuga Island and Love Canal here. I didn't mean to offend you. In fact, I was complimenting you--not just on this thread, but also the one on DeVeaux for which I posted the link.
No problem. I thought it was strange to ask where DeVeaux was; it'd be like asking where the pictures of Colorado Springs are in a thread about Denver. I guess maybe you were wondering why I didn't include DeVeaux with these places, which I didn't think of earlier. I separated them from this thread since they are in another part of the city.
 

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The ironic thing about Love Canal was how Hooker warned the city against developing the land, they agreed to sell the land as long as they were held harmless, and then the city's recklessly planned growth essentially led to the inadvertent breaching of containment by means of sewer trenching. The rest is history. And of course they sued Hooker and won. Justice, American style.

There was also an elementary school built right in the middle of it.
 

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well the board of education was really the force that ultimately made hooker sell them the land... they had threatened eminant domain if hooker did not sell the property to them... they then turned around and sold the land they didn't need to developers with each level of ownership knowing less and less about what was buried below the ground...

the real irony is that 'model city' is now one of the most toxic dumps in the country...poor w.t. love's plan starts with a dump and ends with a dump
 

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Ahh yes Lasalle, can't forget them either






....wait a second:shifty:

What a sad sight!

I'm sure there must be some message in these photos.

Let me take a guess.....A sampling of the decorations on the houses of some of the Niagara Falls city employees?

Or could they be from the Border Patrol?

Or just a bunch of pathetic losers who had to find a replacement for their Carl Paladino for Governor signs?

Whatever, they could hardly look more out of place in our Obama era!
 
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