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Near Castile in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hornby Lodge

 
 
Hornby Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2017
1. Hornby Lodge Marker
Inscription.  Across the gorge from this spot the builders of the Genesee Valley Canal were faced with a ridge of rock that obstructed the proposed route. In 1838, Elisha Johnson of Rochester obtained the contract to tunnel 1,200 feet through the solid blockade.

Johnson built a log cabin above the tunnel section to serve as his family home and as his headquarters. He called his three-story house Hornby Lodge. Built around a huge oak tree, the house had a central octagonal room, which Johnson decorated with rustic furniture and taxidermy specimens.

The tunnel idea failed. The imposing cliff was blasted away and the lodge was removed in 1849. The canal was abandoned by 1878 and replaced by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Although nothing remains of the lodge today, the canal's path can be followed along trail #7.
 
Erected by Letchworth State Park.
 
Location. 42° 35.281′ N, 78° 2.074′ W. Marker is near Castile, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 1 miles south of Denton Corners Road (County
Marker detail: Hornby Lodge at Portage Falls image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Hornby Lodge at Portage Falls
Route 38). Marker is located along the Gorge Trail, about 20 yards southeast of Inspiration Point and about 1.5 miles south of the Letchworth State Park Castile entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castile NY 14427, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seh-Ga-Hun-Da (a few steps from this marker); Pages of Geologic Time (within shouting distance of this marker); William Pryor Letchworth 1823 - 1910 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Genesee Valley Canal (about 300 feet away); Glacial History (about 400 feet away); First New York Dragoons / 136th New York Infantry (approx. mile away); Camp Portage (approx. mile away); Civil War Parade Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castile.
 
Also see . . .
1. Elisha Johnson (Wikipedia). Johnson moved to Rochester in 1817 and purchased 80 acres of land on the east bank of the Genesee. Johnson built a horse railroad to Carthage by the Lower Falls of the Genesee and was the chief engineer and contractor of the Tonawanda Railroad. Johnson became the mayor of Rochester in 1838 and came up with a plan for the construction of a water works through the village that was rejected by the Common Council. At the end of his term Johnson became an engineer for the Genesee Valley Canal and moved to Portageville, New York, where he built the Hornby
Hornby Lodge Marker  <i>wide view<br>(Genesee River Gorge in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2017
3. Hornby Lodge Marker wide view
(Genesee River Gorge in background)
Lodge. (Submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Genesee Valley Canal. The Genesee Valley Canal began with a connection to the Erie Canal in downtown Rochester and extended south to form a connection to the Allegheny River and thus provided a waterway link to the Ohio and Mississippi. The total rise in elevation to be overcome by this hand-dug ditch was over 900 feet and eventually had to cross the Genesee River on an aqueduct 40 feet high. The canal was officially abandoned in 1878 and the right-of-way sold in 1880. Most of the canal route evolved into the Genesee Valley Canal Railroad which became a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The ledge that supported the canal can be seen when looking across the river from Inspiration Point. (Submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Letchworth State Park. (Submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
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Genesee River Gorge (<i>view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2017
4. Genesee River Gorge (view from marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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