I have had 5 inquiries about relatives at the Niagara County Poor House(s)-there were two Poor Houses. The spreadsheet is working well to quickly look up death records. Jim Boles
NIAGARA COUNTY NY, POOR HOUSE (Niagara Street Extension), INFIRMARY RECORDS (Davison Rd), Lockport NY -Records from 1829-1970’s
Jim Boles, [email protected] 4/30/2021
- Niagara County Historians Office
- Original book death records, found at the Niagara County Historians Office-Lockport, NY- Not complete -missing years 1829-1861- but does have 1861-1970’s.
- Also has thumb drive -photo of each page, 1861-1970. Credit for the photo of each page goes to Michael Niethe of Lockport NY.
- The office also has my spread sheet thumb drive of years 1861-1916-easy search.
- Niagara County Historians Office has Poor House Admission records (not death records) original book-not complete. A little hard to search and read. Book is in poor condition.
- Niagara County History Center: Death Records, has my thumb drive, spread sheet, records 1860-1916-easy search.
- Niagara County Genealogy Society, at the Niagara County History Center, Niagara St, Lockport NY. Has a bound death record book -transcribed? Records from 1861-
- Jim Boles-I have Death Records -1861-1970’s-photo of each page on thumb drive. Death records on spread sheet, 1861-1916. Easy search.
- Jim Boles-project underway-Death Records 1861-1970’s on spread sheet will be complete Sept 2021
- Jim Boles-project underway Admission records to be put on thumb drive Jan, 2022.
- When complete the Death Records on spread sheet will be posted on this blog. Also, the admission records will be posted when completed.
- Contact me for information on an entry or question about 1-8, above.
As the legend goes settlers in early 1800’s learned of the Lockport Cave from Native Americans, at that time, it was known as Devil’s Cave, there was an entrance on the west bank of 18-mile creek. The present location would be near Cave Street off East Avenue. It appears to be a cave carved into the Lockport Dolostone by 18-mile creek and runoff from ancient lakes. The stone was hard and other caves in this stone, like Milk Cave in Lewiston, are tight but can be extensive, with some large rooms. Milk Cave is over a half mile long.
The cave was explored in the 1860-1880’s, a corporation formed, and preparation was under way to make a commercial Show Cave like Secret Cavern or Howe Caverns in Schoharie County, central New York. The passages were widened, with mining and blasting, groomed with walkways for tourists to visit the cave. They had prepared the first 110 feet -there was much more to go, with accounts up to a mile plus in length, an entrance was constructed, and a dynamo was precured for lighting. Then- a large flood from an overflowing 18-Mile creek poured water into the newly opened cave entrance and filled the cave with mud and debris that coursed down the creek. The entrance was sealed in 1886 and the decision was made to close the commercial operation -that 110 feet of tourist ready cave is still there full of 18-mile creek mud.