Genesee Valley

Genesee Valley (HM12P0)

Location: West Henrietta, NY 14586 Monroe County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 2.458', W 77° 42.967'

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Historic New York

The Genesee River rises in Pennsylvania and flows northward 150 miles before emptying into Lake Ontario. Starting as a placid stream, the Genesee, in Letchworth State Park, plunges over three impressive cataracts, dropping 300 feet in three miles. The spectacular gorge has been called "The Grand Canyon of the East." The river then twists and turns through a broad valley. At Rochester the falls furnish water power which has greatly aided the city's development.
To the Seneca Indians, who occupied villages in the area, Genesee meant "beautiful valley." In 1762, Mary Jemison came to the valley as a Seneca captive and lived there as an Indian for 71 years. The Treaty of Big Tree (Geneseo), in 1797, ended Indian claims to western New York, and land speculators purchased the region. The great estates of James and William Wadsworth are still owned by their descendents.
The Genesee Valley Canal, connecting the Erie Canal with the Allegheny River near Olean, was completed in 1857 and abandoned in 1878. Later, a railroad, now the Pennsylvania, followed the canal's route. The Genesee Country during the 19th century was an important wheat growing area. Farms now produce fruits, vegetables and dairy products.
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HM NumberHM12P0
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series, and the New York: Historic New York series.
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Year Placed1963
Placed ByNew York State Education Department & Thruway Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 2:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 278755 N 4768944
Decimal Degrees43.04096667, -77.71611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 2.458', W 77° 42.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 2' 27.48" N, 77° 42' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)585
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2033 Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, West Henrietta NY 14586, US
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