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Montezuma in Cayuga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Landmark and Pride in Our Community

Byron Lapp Memorial Trail and Montezuma Heritage Park

 
 
A Landmark and Pride in Our Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
1. A Landmark and Pride in Our Community Marker
Inscription.
A Landmark and Pride in Our Community.
The Town on Montezuma purchased the lot and is restoring it for it [sic] significance to the town's history. Volunteers helped clear the site and in a community effort has [sic] taken the important first step in transforming and preserving our heritage.

The Erie and Cayuga-Seneca Canals joined at this location opening up navigation to the Finger Lakes in 1828. The abutment that remains on the south side of the towpath trail is the remains of the crossover bridge which allowed drivers and teams to navigate between the canals.

Along the banks of canals which flowed through town at this site was the Exchange Hotel (Circa 1830) with a stable that held extra teams for the line boat companies. Town elections and meetings were held here, and the hotel burned in 1918.

Byron Lapp Memorial Trail and Montezuma Heritage Park.
The towpath trail, dedicated on May 20, 2011, as the Byron Lapp Memorial Trail leads into the Montezuma Heritage Park. The historic parkland was acquired with funding made possible through the Outdoor Rrecreation Develpoment Bond Act and the Land and Water Conservation Act of 1965.

It contains over 140 acres of historic resources being preserved and developed into trails, for historic interpretation, and enjoyment of its beautiful natural resources
Photos on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
2. Photos on Marker
along the Seneca River - Erie Canal.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 43° 0.652′ N, 76° 42.245′ W. Marker is in Montezuma, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker is on High Street 0.1 miles north of Erie Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is set back from High Street in Montezuma Heritage Park and along a residential property line, facing south. Marker is in this post office area: Montezuma NY 13117, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montezuma Heritage Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Opened in 1828 (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Erie Canal (about 400 feet away); Montezuma (about 600 feet away); Early Aqueduct (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mentz Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Port Byron's Lock 52 (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montezuma.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
3. Northward
Marker at left; High Street at right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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