BUFFALO, N.Y. - It is a sanctuary growing on Buffalo's industrial legacy. While ghosts of its toxic past still haunt Times Beach Nature Preserve, its thriving life tells a different tale, one of the incredible resiliency of nature as well as the determination of community to preserve a unique location.
Times Beach has had a colorful history, and not all of it good. It was once a bustling shantytown, and a center of commerce. In the 1940's the US Army Corp Of Engineers began using the site as a dumping ground for dredged materials from the Buffalo River and Harbor.
The place eventually became so contaminated that it was closed and abandoned by the mid 70's. But the environment is nothing if not determined, and once again left undisturbed, Mother Nature re-established herself .