Saturday, 26 July 2014

Buffalo New York - 26th July 2014

Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Buffalo is located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Buffalo has a population of 261,310 and the Buffalo–Niagara Area is home to 1,215,826 residents.
Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near the Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States, and went on to become a major railroad hub, and the largest grain-milling center in the country.

Electric Tower
Buffalo City Hall
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (Great Beers and Great Views)

USS Croaker was built as part of the effort to assemble a major submarine force just prior to and after the US entry into the '2nd World War', USS Croaker was sent to the Pacific to wage a war of attrition against Japan’s merchant marine and Navy. USS Croaker had 6 WWII pacific war patrols, was awarded 3 battle stars, and claimed 11 Japanese vessels including a cruiser, four tankers, two freighters, an ammunition ship, two escort craft, and a minesweeper.

USS Croaker
Sad reminder of the cost of the Vietnam War. Spent several quite moments in reflection here.

The USS Little Rock was the first ship to bear the name of Little Rock, Arkansas, and is the only guided missile cruiser on display in the US. USS Little Rock is the sole survivor of the Cleveland class, the most numerous of US wartime cruisers (29 vessels total). The Little Rock made four cruises to the Mediterranean and two to the North Atlantic. She served with distinction as flagship for both the Second and Sixth fleets.

USS Little Rock
Rainbow over the 'First Niagara Centre' Indoor Arena

Best way to finish the day - Oysters in the Bay.

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