Genesee Falls in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Replaces largest wooden bridge in the world. Built in 1852. 300 acres of timber used in construction. Burned in 1875.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
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. 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. 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. 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 JemisonThis Ancient Seneca Council House (approx. 0.7 miles away); To the Memory of Mary Jemison (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Genesee Falls.
More about this marker. The marker is painted in the colors of Letchworth State Park signs. The 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.
Regarding Portage Bridge. On 12/11/2017, the first train crossed the new $75 million ($59.5 from Norfolk Southern; the rest - federal & state money) arch bridge built adjacent to the old, which will be dismantled. The new bridge can carry 286,000 lb. railcars - the newest standard limit. On 03/20/2018 the last tower of the 1875 bridge was imploded. An article about the construction of the new Genesee Arch Bridge may be found in the February 2019 issue of Trains magazine (vol. 79, no. 2, p38-45).
Also see . . .
1. Portage Bridge. Historic Bridges website entry (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Letchworth State Park. Wikipedia entry:
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 (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 website entry (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 14, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.