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

Welcome to Letchworth State Park

 
 
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Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
1. Welcome to Letchworth State Park Marker
Inscription.  
Here, nature, history, and adventure intertwine to create a fascinating piece place like no other. The park was founded by philanthropist William Pryor Letchworth in 1907, when he donated his 1,000 acre estate to become a park. Today the park, which has grown to over 14,500 acres, is 17 miles long and surrounds and protects the three canyons of the Genesee River. Known as the 'Grand Canyon of the East,' here, you will experience some of New York's most magnificent scenery. Explore the park's lush forests and breathtaking gorge cliffs, which plummet almost 600 feet to the roaring rapids of the Genesee River. Marvel at the rainbows that appear in the mist over a 107-foot waterfall at the lovely Glen Iris Inn. Learn about the region's rich heritage and legendary Mary Jemison at the William Pryor Letchworth Museum and the Council Grounds. Discover the park's fascinating geological history, Civil War monument, and the impressive Mt. Morris Dam, built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Reminder: Please use caution at all overlooks and cliff edges. Keep a close eye on children and pets at all times. the cliff walls and edges are extremely
Welcome to Letchworth State Park Marker and Portage Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
2. Welcome to Letchworth State Park Marker and Portage Bridge Marker
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fragile and dangerous; climbing them is strictly prohibited. Be smart, stay safe.

Note: It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive through the park from end to end. Please allow enough time to reach your area of interest while obeying the speed limit.

This is a Carry in-Carry out park. Day visitors are required to take home everything they bring into the park; this includes all trash and garbage.
 
Erected by Letchworth State Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
 
Location. 42° 34.667′ N, 78° 3.056′ W. Marker is in Genesee Falls, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Park Road. Marker is the whole back side of a three panel shelter style information board at a small parking lot at the southern end of the park off the main Park Road just south of the Glen Iris Inn and Portage Railroad Bridge. 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. The Railroad High Bridge (here, next to this marker); Portage 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);
Something for Everyone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
3. Something for Everyone
This information board is on the opposite side of the shelter style marker, facing the Park Road.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Genesee Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Letchworth State Park. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website entry (Submitted on August 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

2. William Pryor Letchworth. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on August 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 17, 2022