Lockport Caves

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The Lockport Caves is a system that was built in the 1880s to provide the area’s mills with water power. Witnesses say the spooky caves are occupied by something otherworldly. They have seen shadows, lights and odd mists and heard unexplained sounds, laughter and voices. Speculators think the ghost may be a man named Bertram who was drowned in the nearby canal. The site has been featured on an episode of TV’s Ghost Hunters.

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5 Gooding Street
Lockport, NY
United States

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43.171454172389836, -78.69241820304109
Niagara County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Lockport, NY (0.1 mi.)
South Lockport, NY (1.5 mi.)
Rapids, NY (5.7 mi.)
Gasport, NY (6.2 mi.)
Newfane, NY (8.0 mi.)
Sanborn, NY (10.0 mi.)
Middleport, NY (11.2 mi.)
Clarence Center, NY (11.5 mi.)
Olcott, NY (11.5 mi.)
Wilson, NY (11.7 mi.)

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  1. If you come to Lockport, there’s a tour through the caves, thats really interesting! The “caves” are actually a long tunnel, through which water from the Erie Canal locks was funneled, and that provided water power for factories above the caves. The tunnel goes through solid rock-they were built, I think, in the 1830’s, maybe earlier, and how they did it, I can’t imagine. They had to blast with dynamite, and if people were killed doing it, I can believe it. Partway through the tour, the guide turns off the lights (they have electricity to power lights in the caves), and you literally can’t see your hand in front of your face. Its always about 60 degrees in here, even on a 95 degree day. If I were a ghost, even if I’d died down here, it’d be my last choice of a place to haunt. Living people come down here, only between May-September, then again for some Halloween tours (which are great!), so for most of the year, there’s no one to scare!

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