Stone remains, wood doesn’t. That is a truism among archeologists. Fort Schlosser, along the waterway between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, is an example of that. Along a particular stretch of the water, signage about the 18th century fortifications compete with the water intake tunnels of the Niagara hydro project. This fort, critical to the defense of English interests 300 years ago, was made of wood. The fact that nothing remains does not subtract from the importance of the history it can teach us. Park officials deserve credit for recognizing that fact, and acknowledging the fact that stone remains, wood doesn’t.
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An early British fort along a strategic waterway. Nothing remains.