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BRIDGING NIAGARA RIVER

Buffalo Express Oct. 10, 1872

(02.24.02 ) A great deal of opposition is manifested by our Tonawanda neighbors to bridging the Niagara River at point not far below the site of the International Bridge now in the process of construction.

This second bridge is wanted by Canadian railways other than those which expect to use the first bridge. A bill granting a charter for the purpose is now before the Legislature, and it is strongly opposed by a delegation from Tonawanda, on the ground that such a bridge would interfere with navigation and injure commerce in that place. But weather this argument will be allowed to prevail remains to be seen. With all the desire in the world to satisfy our Tonawanda friends, we cannot see it ought to prevail.

It is rather late in the day to oppose the bridging of rivers, where the commerce of the country plainly demands the facilities. There is no sail navigation to speak of, down the Niagara River, that would be impeded by two bridges any more than it would be by one. Coming up the river, sail vessels are obliged to use a steam tug, and steam vessels would be materially delayed by passing through the draw bridge either way.

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International Railroad Bridge
The Grand Trunk System Bridge Spanning the Niagara as it Appeared in 1880. Today it is Known as the International Railroad Bridge.

All this talk about destroying navigation, therefore, is only so much gatumon. It would be worthy of consideration if the commerce of the Niagara River--otherwise the commerce of Tonawanda--was a great matter, instead of being a small one that it is. It is significant also, in this connection, that the same people who are opposing another bridge over the river at Buffalo do not object to having the bridge at Tonawanda, a fact that shows how sincere is the great concern they manifest for saving the commerce of the river.

The plain fact is that the Niagara River must be spanned by bridge wherever the great trunk railways between the East and the West are desirous of constructing them. The commerce of the country demands these facilities. The genius of progress rebukes the selfish local spirit that would refuse to grant them

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