Gaines in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Niagara to Genesee Historic Ridge Road
Of the highway our children shall see
That lies like a belt on Ontario's shore
Carved out in wisdom of ages before
For the races that yet are to be."
TREK—DE WITT CLINTON—1810
"In the great work of internal improvement he
persevered through good report and through
evil report, with a steadiness of purpose that
no obstacle could divert."
Erected by the
Ridge Road Improvement Ass'n
Orleans Chapter D.A.R.
Orleans Co. Pioneer and Historical Assn'n
State of New York
This marker is a typical specimen of Medina Sandstone
from the noted quarries of Orleans County
Operated for more than a century
Supply practically inexhaustible
Erected 1930 by Ridge Road Improvement Association, Orleans Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Orleans Co. Pioneer and Historical Association, State of New York.
Topics and series. This historical marker Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 43° 17.133′ N, 78° 12.858′ W. Marker is in Gaines, New York, in Orleans County. Marker is on Ridge Road West (New York State Route 104) 0.1 miles east of Gaines Waterport Road (New York State Route 279), on the right when traveling west. Marker is in front of a small house to the left of the Gaines Congregational Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albion NY 14411, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); First Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Masonic Lodge (approx. half a mile away); The Lake Plain (approx. 0.7 miles away); Home of John Proctor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cobblestones (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaines.
Regarding Niagara to Genesee Historic Ridge Road. Governor DeWitt Clinton treked west across New York State in 1810. He is most famous for successfully championing the Erie Canal.
Also see . . .
1. DeWitt Clinton - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 21, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Glacial Lake Iroquois - Wikipedia. The Ridge (Road), now occupied by NY 104, is so named because it follows an ancient raised sand ridge marking the south shore of Glacial Lake Iroquois (a Greater Lake Ontario). Though the small ridge is hardly noticed by modern travelers, it was very important for road drainage in pioneer times. (Submitted on October 21, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Medina Sandstone Society - Medina Sandstone Trust. Includes history of Medina Sandstone. (Submitted on October 21, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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