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BY: Rikki Cason | February 11, 2013

Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride will have a new home starting this navigation season.

Hydraulic Race Corp. will soon be building a new ticket center on their property at 5 Gooding St.

The vacant land was used this past October to sell tickets for the Haunted Cave Tours.

“The haunted cave was an eye opener,” said co-owner Thomas Callahan. “It was really great being on the same side.”

He said being on their property it will make the tours “much more convenient.”

“It just makes sense,” he said. “It allows us to be in charge of our own destiny.”

Besides for selling tickets and Lockport souvenirs, the building will house a revolving display of Birdsill Holly and hydraulic memorabilia.

A big highlight of the building will be an overlook. The observation deck will allow people to view the canal and the restoration of the Flight of Five locks.

Callahan said he has been waiting many years for the Flight of Five to be preserved and he is looking forward to having a place where people can get a good view of it.

Currently, the cave tours are seasonal. The Lockport Underground Cave and Boat ride was recently on Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters,” and Callahan said with the new building they hope to do a ghost hunter tour year round.

“This is a long time coming,” said Callahan.

The plans for the 24-foot-by-32-foot visitors center were approved by both the county and city planning boards.

This will be the first permanent base for the cave tour. They have rented space in Old City Hall on Pine Street for the past 12 years.

A completion date for the building is set for May 4.

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