The City of Lockport is located in Niagara County and is the county seat. The 2010 census had it with a population of 21,165. Within the city is a set of Erie Canal locks. Hence, the derivation of the name – Lockport. It is surrounded by the Town of Lockport and part of the Buffalo- Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In April 1816, the New York State Legislature authorized construction of the Erie Canal on a route proposed to traverse an area in central Niagara County, New York. The canal reached Lockport by 1824. However, the locks were not completed until 1825. Lockport had become an established village by 1829 with the locks centered at the community. The City of Lockport was officially incorporated in 1865. In 1918 the Erie Canal was supplanted by the larger New York State Barge Canal, and after the south “flight of five” locks was replaced by two much larger locks, the north “flight of five” lock chambers were established and still remains as a spill way.
The Town of Lockport surrounds the City of Lockport and was established in 1824, the year the Erie Canal was completed up to the City of Lockport. Population in the Town of Lockport was 20,529 at the 2010 census.
Schools and Education
Lockport has an adequate variety of schools at all levels and locations with highly satisfactory ratings. This includes a selection of quality private schools. Lockport’s location in the Buffalo-Metro-Niagara area lends it to a great selection of colleges: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Erie and Niagara County Community Colleges, Niagara University, and well-known private colleges – Medaille College, Daemen College and D’Youville College.
The most appealing attraction to the Lockport area is The Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises boat ride offered on the Erie Canal, with one that goes upward through the modern locks for a short cruise, and returning to pass downstream under two lift bridges and then returning to the docks.
The physical location of Lockport gives it a distinct advantage to every Western New York cultural and artistic venue offered. Among them would be the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, the Albright-Know Art Gallery, the Buffalo Shea’s Performing Art Center featuring the latest Broadway shows, the Lewiston Artpark outdoor theatre on the banks of the lower Niagara River and many more area fascinating and fun things to do.
Lockport’s location in Western New York also gives it the advantage of short , day trips to the wide variety of scenic spots within the state, from Niagara Falls to New York City.
If the Lockport area is your choice for a future home, both the Town of Lockport and the City of Lockport have a selection of affordable homes for any budget, whether a property with spacious grounds, a more modest home, or a starter home. An experienced Turning Key Realty realtor will be more than happy to guide you through this process to find the home that is just right for you and your budget!
Selection of Lockport Homes for Sale