Inscription. The 150 mile-long Genesee River rises in Pennsylvania and flows northward into Lake Ontario. Though relatively a small stream, except in flood stages, it has cut, in its middle portion, a deep gorge with walls rising 600 feet above foaming waters. This spectacular section in Letchworth Park has been called “The Grand Canyon of the East.” The Genesee then courses into a broad, level intervale before again tumbling over a series of falls at Rochester. There the riverís water contributed greatly to Rochesterís development.
By Paul Crumlish, June 25, 2011
|1. The Genesee Valley Marker|
Genesee meant “beautiful valley” to the Seneca Indians who occupied several villages here. To the Genesee in 1782 came the captive Mary Jemison who lived with the Senecas for 71 years. The Big Tree Treaty at Geneseo, in 1797, ended Indian occupation, and the Wadsworths by 1835 bought much of the best arable land in the valley. Fertile land made the Genesee famous for growing wheat in the 19th century.
The Genesee Valley Canal connected Rochester with Olean and Dansville. Started in 1836, it was abandoned in 1878. A railroad later followed much of the canalís route. Dairying, corn growing and fruit cultivation are now leading agricultural activities. The worldís largest underground salt mine is located in the area.
Erected 1961 by State of New York Education Department & Department of Public Works
By Paul Crumlish, June 25, 2011
|2. Wide view of The Genesee Valley Marker|
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 42° 43.658′ N, 77° 49.757′ W. Marker is near Mount Morris, New York, in Livingston County. Marker can be reached from Genesee Expressway (Interstate 390 at milepost 38), 4.7 miles north of Sonyea Road (New York Route 36). Click for map. The marker is located at the northbound rest area (at mile marker 38) on the Genesee Expressway. It is situated at the southwest corner of the rest room facility building. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Morris NY 14510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Williamsburgh (approx. 1.4 miles away); Williamsburg (approx. 1.4 miles away); Routes of the Armies (approx. 3.8 miles away); Genesee Castle (approx. 3.8 miles away); The International Society of Arboriculture and the National Arborist Association (approx. 3.8 miles away); This wayside shrine marks the place (approx. 3.8 miles away); Boyd – Parker (approx. 3.8 miles away); National Hotel (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Morris.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the markers shown.
Also see . . .
1. The Genesee River Drainage Basin, Gorge and Mount Morris Dam. The Genesee River watershed is a unique and beautiful river system in this state (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Geography of New York State! - The Genesee Region. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Letchworth State Park - NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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