"To the right, dated 1820, a group of figures represents the efforts to build the first Buffalo Harbor. Samuel Wilkeson, who later became mayor of the city, was the driving force behind the project. The completion of the harbor on schedule enabled Buffalo to be chosen as the terminus of the Erie Canal."

- Buffalo City Hall: American Masterpiece," by John H. Conlin. Pub. by the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier, 1993.