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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Westfield in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old Portage Road

 
 
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
1. The Old Portage Road Marker
Inscription.
Built by Celoron in 1749 when he
explored and claimed this region for
France, followed an Indian Trail and
crossed the highway at this point.
In 1753 it was rebuilt by the French
for military purposes

 
Erected 1924 by the Patterson Chapter D.A.R.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 42° 18.244′ N, 79° 34.185′ W. Marker is near Westfield, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of South Portage Road and South Gale Street, on the right when traveling south on South Portage Road. Touch for map. This historic marker is a DAR marker that is affixed to a large boulder that is located at the northwest corner of the intersection, (slightly to the north of the New York State marker for the same subject). Marker is in this post office area: Westfield NY 14787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Old Portage Road (here, next to this marker); At This Point (approx. half a mile away); Early Settlers of Portland, Westfield & Ripley
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
2. The Old Portage Road Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to a large boulder, with a view of South Gale Street in the background.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); These Concord Grape Vines (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oldest Settled Property in Chautauqua County (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); The French & Indian War 1756-1763 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Barcelona Light House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westfield.
 
Regarding The Old Portage Road. For a long time I have been interested in locating whatever historic markers that I possibly could that where related to the early French exploration of this region, particularly the historic markers that were related to the Celoron expedition of 1749.

Years earlier (back in the days of not having online resources for the purposes of research) I had stopped by the Westfield area and unsuccessfully searched for historic markers related to the French activities in this region. So it was particularly gratifying that with the help of online searches and some assistance from Marybelle Beigh, the Westfield Historian, that I was finally able to located several markers related to this important French Portage
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
3. The Old Portage Road Marker
View looking south of the historic marker in the foreground, and of the New York State marker and the intersection with South Gale Street in the background.
that connected the Great Lakes water system to the Mississippi Valley water system.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old French Portage Road/New York State Route 394. This is a link to information provided by the Preservation League of New York State. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. A Brief History of Westfield, NY. This is a link to information provided by the town of Westfield, New York. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Chautauqua Creek. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationWar, French and Indian
 
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
4. The Old Portage Road Marker
View looking north, along South Portage Road, of the New York State marker in the foreground, and of the featured historic marker, partially behind the tree, in the background.
The Old Portage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2012
5. The Old Portage Road Marker
View looking north on South Portage Road of the featured historic marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 5, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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