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Welcome to Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park

 
 
Welcome to Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 30, 2016
1. Welcome to Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park Marker
Inscription. This 172-acre park is situated below the Niagara Escarpment and the Niagara Gorge, and affords excellent views of the Niagara River and surrounding area.

Artpark opened in 1974 as a seasonal outdoor cultural state park, the first in the country to do so. It provided artists with a spectacular setting in which to work, live and draw inspiration. Named after Earl W. Brydges, a member of the New York State Senate from 1949 to 1972, Artpark is dedicated to presenting the finest in performing and visual arts programs.

These include Broadway musicals, and classical, jazz and pop music concerts, as well as arts classes, workshops, demonstrations, and installations.

The Lower Landing Archaeological District, dedicated here in 1999, is a key point in the broader Colonial Niagara Historic District. It includes two nationally-designated historic sites; the Lewiston Indian Burial Mound and the Lewiston Portage Landing Site.

The park has picnic facilities, access to fishing, and hiking opportunities. The north end of the Niagara Gorge Trail System is located here with two trails beginning off the small parking area at the south end of the park. The lower trail runs parallel o the Niagara River with staircases leading to the base of the Gorge for fishing. It connects up to the upper trail through a series of switchbacks
Marker on Path to Theater image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 30, 2016
2. Marker on Path to Theater
and steps. The upper trail climbs to the top of the gorge, and connects up with the rim trail that leads to Devil's Hole State Park.

Some of the wildlife in the park includes the Turkey Vulture, Northern Mockingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-crowned Night Heron, wintering Bonaparte's Gull, Northern Water Snake, Eastern Milk Snake, Red-backed Salamander, Red Fox, Raccoon, Virginia Opossum, and eastern Grey Squirrel.
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 9.963′ N, 79° 2.766′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from South 4th Street mile south of Tuscarora Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Artpark on the path from the main parking lot to the theater. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Landing Archeological District (here, next to this marker); The Lower Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gully and Portage Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Demler (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cradles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Magazin Royale (about 400 feet away); Fort Joncaire (about 400 feet away); Lewiston Mound (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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