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Westfield in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old Portage Road

 
 
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
1. The Old Portage Road Marker
Inscription.
Built by Celoron in 1749 when
he explored and claimed this
region for France. Followed an
Indian Trail and crossed the
highway at this point in 1753.

 
Erected 1924 by Paterson Chapter DAR.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 42° 18.243′ N, 79° 34.184′ W. Marker is in Westfield, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of South Portage Road (New York State Route 394) and South Gale Street, on the right when traveling south on South Portage Road. Click for map. This historic marker is a blue, State of New York, metal marker that is located at the northwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Westfield NY 14787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Old Portage Road (here, next to this marker); At This Point (approx. half a mile away); Early Settlers of Portland, Westfield & Ripley (approx. 1.2 miles away); These Concord Grape Vines (approx. 1.2 miles
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
2. The Old Portage Road Marker
View looking south, along South Portage Road, of the historic marker situated at the intersection with South Gale Street.
away); The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); The French & Indian War 1756-1763 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Barcelona Light House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Land Office (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westfield.
 
Regarding The Old Portage Road. For a long time I have been interested in locating whatever historic markers that I possibly could that where related to the early French exploration of this region, particularly the historic markers that were related to the Celoron expedition of 1749.

Years earlier (back in the days of not having online resources for the purposes of research) I had stopped by the Westfield area and unsuccessfully searched for historic markers related to the French activities in this region. So it was particularly gratifying that with the help of online searches and some assistance from Marybelle Beigh, the Westfield Historian, that I was finally able to located several markers related to this important French Portage that connected the Great Lakes water system to the Mississippi Valley water system.
 
Also see . . .
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
3. The Old Portage Road Marker
View looking south, from South Gale Street, of the historic marker at the intersection with South Portage Road.
1. Old French Portage Road/New York State Route 394. This is a link to information provided by the Preservation League of New York State. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. A Brief History of Westfield, NY. This is a link to information provided by the town of Westfield, New York. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Chautauqua Creek. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationWar, French and Indian
 
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
4. The Old Portage Road Marker
View of the historic marker looking north along South Portage Road. Note the rock just beyond the tree, which has a D.A.R. marker affixed to it.
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
5. The Old Portage Road Marker
View looking south of a large boulder with a D.A.R. marker in the foreground, and the featured historic marker in the background, at the corner of the nearby intersection.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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