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Little Falls in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Herkimer Little-Falls Area

Historic New York

Herkimer Little Falls Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
1. Herkimer Little Falls Area Marker
Inscription.  Where the Mohawk Valley narrows and pierces the ridge separating the Great Lakes from the Atlantic watershed were "The Little Falls," the first portage in travel up the river. Here lived the Canajoharie Indians, the Mohawk Upper Castle. The intervale above the falls was settled in 1723 by Palatines from the Schoharie valley and was named German Flats. As a key location in travel to the interior, it was fortified by the English, and was frequently attacked by the enemy in the French and Indian War and in the Revolution. From here General Nicholas Herkimer led the militia to relieve Fort Stanwix and to oppose the British invasion at Oriskany in 1777. Tories and Indians from Canada again in 1778 made a destructive raid.

Influx of settlers from the east after the Revolution populated the towns of Herkimer and Little Falls. In 1796 the Great Western Navigation Company, headed by Philip Schuyler, built locks here for a pioneer canal. The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 brought new industries and commerce. Herkimer cheese became famous; other manufacture included paper, boxes, furniture and knit goods.

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railroad and barge canal still converges at this ancient pass. Education Department State of New York 1965 N.Y.S. Thruway Authority
Erected 1965 by State Education Department.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York State series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1723.
Location. 43° 0.959′ N, 74° 48.225′ W. Marker is in Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker is on Interstate 90, one mile east of New York State Route 169, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at a Thruway Rest stop. In order to see marker you must get off Thruway to read. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Little Falls NY 13365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of The Battle of Oriskany (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Nicholas Herkimer (approx. one mile away); General Nicholas Herkimer Monument (approx. one mile away); Herkimer Homestead Cemetery (approx. one mile away); The Bateau (approx. one mile away); Herkimer Home State Historic Site (approx. one mile away); From This Point
Rest Area Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
2. Rest Area Building
(approx. one mile away); Nicholas Herkimer (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
Facing the exit from the thruway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
3. Facing the exit from the thruway
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 7, 2023