Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara isn’t too distant from Niagara Falls and certainly connects with some of the United States’ earliest history. There is now a great park located at the fort and the area is buzzing with all varieties of activity…..

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The map below shows exactly why the French, then British, were very interested in obtaining control over this particular area. The fort overlooks both Lake Ontario (one of the Great Lakes) and the Niagara River.

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The yellow rectangles located on the above map signify the 18 soccer fields located at the park. There are also significant picnicking areas located at the park, as well as the fort itself!

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The photo below is of Le Chateau Francais….”the French Castle”. Needless to say, the structure was built by the French. It was then overtaken by the British.  I will post an entry regarding the “castle” on its own.  The following are scenes around the fort….

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This young man was the most animated, entertaining fellow who seems to greatly enjoy his work.  Dressed as a British redcoat, he spewed forth all sorts of information, including that the wool from which his uniform was fashioned weighed in at about 13 pounds. That is an overwhelming fact considering the amount of humidity we were experiencing  in June! I cannot imagine how warm that outfit would become in August heat! Or, for that matter, how cold it would be when the January winds howl off Lake Ontario!

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Lighthouse at Old Fort Niagara

I have been so tired since returning from our outing. It seems like there is a great deal of truth about needing a vacation AFTER a vacation! There are so many little tasks that need attention and although small, they do take some time…

I have decided to break my photos into a few entries rather than a couple of large ones.  This first one deals with the lighthouse at Old Fort Niagara. This point was of great value to the French, as the waterways here would lead to western parts of the new world. French fur traders used these important waters to transport their goods back to the old world.

As a small child, I longed to make my home in either a lighthouse or a fire tower. Thus, I still have a deep love for such structures. Would I still want to live in a lighthouse? You betcha! And this one, built in 1871, would be a beauty to live in as it looks across the river into Canada!

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I love storyboards, and the area we visited abounded in them. The campground we stayed at had them near the lake and trails. It is so handy to be able to read information regarding sights nearby without taking in too much information and going into overload!

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