William Pryor Letchworth 1823 - 1910
Upon arrival of the pioneers in the early 1800's, the falls and forests were valued for their power and utility, not their natural beauty.
William P. Letchworth came to the valley in 1859, and started to restore the land to its original beauty. The State accepted his gift of 1000 acres in 1907, and upon his death in 1910, Letchworth State Park was born.
Erected by Lions International.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers • Women. In addition, it is included in the Mary Jemison - White Woman of the Genessee series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 42° 35.306′ N, 78° 2.023′ W. Marker is in Genesee Falls, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Park Road. Marker is on the grounds of Letchworth State
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hornby Lodge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pages of Geologic Time (about 300 feet away); Seh-Ga-Hun-Da (about 300 feet away); Glacial History (about 300 feet away); Genesee Valley Canal (about 500 feet away); First New York Dragoons. Volunteers. 1862-1865. (approx. ¼ mile away); Parade Grounds picnic area (approx. ¼ mile away); First New York Dragoons / 136th New York Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away).
Also see . . . William Pryor Letchworth - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.