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

Genesee Valley Canal

1862 - 1878

 
 
Genesee Valley Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
1. Genesee Valley Canal Marker
Inscription. Across the gorge from this spot ran the famous Genesee Valley Canal. Starting in 1836, it took 26 years and $6,000,000 to build this man-made waterway. The canal rested on the ledge of the cliffs, hundreds of feet above the river, and it was the water link between the Allegany River and Erie Canal.

The canal carried lumber, farm products, and other materials over its 124 mile length and through more than 100 locks, traveling from the Genesee Valley to distant markets.

The canal was abandoned in 1878 and replaced by a railroad. Remnants of the canal and railroad are part of Letchworth state Park and can still be seen today on trail #7.
 
Location. 42° 35.302′ N, 78° 2.138′ W. Marker is in Genesee Falls, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Trout Pond Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Inspiration Point area in Letchworth State Park, southern end of the park. Marker is in this post office area: Castile NY 14427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Pryor Letchworth 1823 - 1910 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First New York Dragoons / 136th New York Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Portage (approx.

Genesee Valley Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
2. Genesee Valley Canal Marker
Marker is atop the wall at right.
0.3 miles away); Civil War Parade Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); This Ancient Seneca Council House (approx. 0.4 miles away); To the Memory of Mary Jemison (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nancy Jemison Log Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary Jemison (approx. 0.4 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. (Submitted on August 7, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Genesee Valley Canal - Letchworth State Park History. (Submitted on August 7, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Genesee Valley Canal - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 7, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Genesee Valley Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
3. Genesee Valley Canal Marker
View above the marker
Genesee Valley Canal Marker and Viewing Area image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
4. Genesee Valley Canal Marker and Viewing Area
Genesee Valley Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
5. Genesee Valley Canal Marker
View from right of the marker
Inspiration Point Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
6. Inspiration Point Sign
Look for this sign on the main Park Road for the parking area.
Wide View Inspiration Point Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
7. Wide View Inspiration Point Sign
Northward
Parking for Genesee Valley Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
8. Parking for Genesee Valley Canal Marker
Park and walk through the break in the fence at the apex of the parking lot to reach the marker.
Genesee Valley Zoomed View at Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
9. Genesee Valley Zoomed View at Marker
Middle and Upper Falls, 1875 Railroad Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 7, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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