Chief Engineer, I & M Canal
William Gooding was one of Lockport’s first settlers, arriving in 1836 after being hired by the I & M Canal Commissioners as the Chief Engineer on the project. Gooding chose Lockport as the location for the canal headquarters, insuring that the town would grow and succeed in transportation, manufacturing and commerce. After the completion of the canal, Gooding went on to secretary to the Canal Trustees and to serve as a supervisor for the Army Corps of Engineers. William Gooding’s home, which was originally located at 9th and Hamilton Streets, was moved in the late 1950’s to its current location on Farrell Road north of 159th Street.