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The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
1. The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker
Inscription. During the 18th century, the Niagara Portage provided one of the great access points to the interior of North America. Here, travelers from the east could reach the upper Great Lakes after a relatively short portage around Niagara Falls.

Fort Niagara controlled this strategically vital portage. Travelers could begin their journey by land at the fort, or venture seven miles upriver and go ashore at the Lower Landing (Lewiston, New York). In either case, they first had to pass under the guns of Fort Niagara.

The portage road left the main gate at Fort Niagara and followed the Niagara until it reached the Lower Landing. Then it climbed the steep Niagara escarpment and continued south over relatively level terrain to the Upper Landing above Niagara Falls. There, travelers reentered the Niagara River and continued their voyage to the west.
 
Location. 43° 15.725′ N, 79° 3.671′ W. Marker is in Youngstown, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Scott Avenue north of Jackson Street (New York State Route 18F), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located a short drive north of the downtown Youngstown area, in the Fort Niagara State Park. According to Google Map it is located at the end of the Scott
The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
2. The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker
Close-up view of the marker's text and of a 1688 map of the Great Lakes.
Avenue loop, one of the first markers seen when visiting Old Fort Niagara. Marker is in this post office area: Youngstown NY 14174, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Fort Niagara (a few steps from this marker); Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Siege of Fort Niagara (within shouting distance of this marker); Dueling Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Magasin Poudre (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); To the Memory (about 500 feet away); Erected to the Memory (about 600 feet away); Father Pierre Millet (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Youngstown.
 
Categories. ExplorationForts, CastlesWar, French and IndianWaterways & Vessels
 
The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
3. The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker
Close-up view of the map showing the route of the Niagara Portage, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
4. The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground and of Old Fort Niagara in the background.
The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
5. The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker
View looking to the right of the historical marker where the Old Fort Niagara Visitor Center can be seen in the background of the picture.
The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
6. The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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