Pier Collapses On Lake Erie
Grand Island is located in western New York on Lake Erie. It is the largest island in the Niagara River and 4th largest in the state. Originally settled by the French, it became British after the French and Indian War. The Town of Grand Island was organized in 1852. By the end of the 19th century it developed into a tourist town for those who wanted to enjoy Lake Erie. Many steamers left Buffalo, New York for the resorts during the summer months. Social organizations chartered these boats, often accompanied by their own bands.
On June 12, 1912 revelers were stopped at a resort called Eagle Park West River. The crowded pier began swaying to the music of a popular song as they waited for the ferry boat to pick them up and take them back to Buffalo. The mid section of the pier collapsed. It fell of 2 pleasure boats causing them to double over and sink. 37 women and children lost their lives.