Aurora

Aurora (HM1YSO)

Location: East Aurora, NY 14052 Erie County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 43.896', W 78° 38.726'

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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway

—Mill Road Scenic Overlook —

Known to locals for generations simply as "The View". This 180-degree vista and iconic part of the Town of Aurora's agricultural heritage gives the community the perfect place to catch a glimpse of a sunset or gaze westward over unbroken meadow and forest. Until 2014 there was never a safe way for visitors to stop and enjoy this landscape. Thanks to a three-year cooperative effort led by the Friends of Mill Road and involving private landowners, local businesses, charitable foundations and hundreds of individual donors, this roadside pull-off and 60-acre scenic panorama is now protected in perpetuity. In 2013 Aurora acquired the property and the Western New York Land Conservancy, a land trust that protects agricultural, natural and scenic properties throughout the region, was granted a permanent conservation easement. It is the second project completed under the Town's 2010 Open Space Plan. Eastern Bluebird. History. The Closs family began farming this land in 1828, when the Town of Aurora was in its infancy. Over nearly two centuries, generations of this family have been stewards of this land, whether they were engaged in dairy farming, crop production or haying. The photographs of Clinton Closs running a combine in 1946 will bring back memories for many Aurorans. 1946 Closs Family.
When the Closs's days of farming were nearing an end, they and adjoining property owners the Sievenpipers wanted their land to be forever protected as it was: a scenic meadow, a home to wildlife, and an asset for the community. They knew that generations of Western New Yorkers had enjoyed the spectacular view across the valley, breathtaking in all four seasons with wildflowers in springtime, bright green meadows in summer, the colorful foliage of fall and snow-draped evergreens of winter. Bobolink.Ecology of the Overlook. Ecological communities found on the property include a sedge meadow, vernal pool, maple-beech mesic forest and hemlock northern hardwood forest. A wide variety of wildflowers, grasses, sedges and trees provide important habitat for wildlife, some of which are decreasing in population and threatened. Examples of flora, and fauna you might see here are: red-tailed hawk, turkey, eastern bluebird, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, red fox, white-tailed deer, monarch butterfly, fall asters and common milkweed. Monarch Butterfly. The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway is a 108 mile route encompassing 7 towns and 4 villages within Erie and Cattaraugus Counties, New York. For a listing of points of interest signs along the byway go to www.wnyssb.org .
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HM NumberHM1YSO
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Placed ByWestern New York Southtowns Scenic Byway
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Date Added Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 692754 N 4733698
Decimal Degrees42.73160000, -78.64543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.896', W 78° 38.726'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 53.7600" N, 78° 38' 43.5600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)716, 585
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1311 Mill Rd, East Aurora NY 14052, US
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