Last fall when I was headed back to finish school I received a comment from a concerned friend who was sad about the prospect of only seeing pictures of Buffalo on my blog. (Pat, I am looking at you ;)). Buffalo is actually a great place, and, much to the amazement of most Americans I tend to meet, well worth a visit. It's a city with a great and rich history. It's the final resting place of Millard Fillmore and was home to Grover Cleveland. It's the place where McKinley was assassinated and Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in. If you go down to the court house you can see the room in which they tried McKinley's assassin Leon Czogosz. The massive metal bars that they had to construct to keep the people of Buffalo from dragging him out onto the street and carrying out vigilante justice still guard the court room.
It's home to an excellent modern art museum, more great local restaurants than you can possibly eat at in one trip, a well preserved Frank Lloyd Wright house, two professional sports teams and a minor league baseball team. Down by the harbor is the terminus of the Erie Canal. Yes, Buffalo has its issues, but all in all it's well worth a visit. You would be surprised, so if you are in the area go and check it out.
These pictures were taken in the very late fall when the boats were in dry-dock. Most of the year the harbor is packed with sail and motorboats.
A few years ago a winter storm struck the area in October. The leaves were still on the trees and many fell or lost branches from the weight of the ice on the leaves. The felled trees were carved into statues of famous Buffalonians and various objects that in some way relate to the city. Most of them are actually quite good.