Buffalo in the ’60s: Ohio Street was your Skyway alternate route

By Steve Cichon

If you follow the posted detours for the construction on the Skyway, you’re routed along Ohio Street.

The view from this spot looked different when this photo was taken in 1957.

From the Ohio Street lift bridge. The Harbor Inn, torn down in 2003, was in the brick building to the right.

Here is another shot, from just before the bridge in 1962. The photo shows the large sign which marked the Huron Cement Company along the Buffalo River.

A view of Ohio Street in 1962.

If Ohio Street looked more filled in then, the area surrounding the Skyway looked less filled in when redecking work was done in 1975.

The Skyway was redecked in 1975.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.