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Genesee Falls in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Portage Bridge

 
 
Portage Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
1. Portage Bridge Marker
Inscription. Replaces largest wooden bridge in the world. Built in 1852. 300 acres of timber used in construction. Burned in 1875.
 
Erected 1935.
 
Location. 42° 34.673′ N, 78° 3.06′ W. Marker is in Genesee Falls, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Park Road. Click for map. Marker is in Letchworth State Park at the back of a tiny parking area south of the bridge off the main Park Road at the southern end of the park. Marker is in this post office area: Castile NY 14427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Letchworth State Park (a few steps from this marker); The Railroad High Bridge (a few steps from this marker); In Grateful Memory of William Pryor Letchworth (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Council Grounds Ca. 1907...and Under Restoration (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mary Jemison (approx. 0.7 miles away); This Ancient Seneca Council House (approx. 0.7 miles away); To the Memory of Mary Jemison (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Genesee Falls.
 
More about this marker. The marker is painted in the colors of Letchworth State Park signs. The
Portage Bridge Marker Parking image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
2. Portage Bridge Marker Parking
Off Park Road; very small lot.
rail line is still active. Norfolk Southern owns the bridge and the land at either end, and has posted no trespassing signs at the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Portage Bridge - HistoricBridges.org. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Letchworth State Park - Wikipedia. Construction of a replacement bridge may begin in the fall of 2014. New York State declined to receive the bridge as a gift from Norfolk Southern. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

3. The Portage Bridge - Glimpses of the Past. People, Places, and Things in Letchworth Park History. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

4. Letchworth State Park - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Portage Bridge Marker and Parking image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
3. Portage Bridge Marker and Parking
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
4. Portage Bridge
Park Road northward and under the bridge.
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
5. Portage Bridge
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
6. Portage Bridge
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
7. Portage Bridge
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
8. Portage Bridge
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
9. Portage Bridge
1875 date on footing by Park Road.
Portage Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 26, 2013
10. Portage Bridge
Portage Bridge in Distance image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
11. Portage Bridge in Distance
Zoomed view from Genesee Valley Canal Marker, Inspiration point, Letchworth State Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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