The Genesee Valley

The Genesee Valley (HM12ID)

Location: Mt Morris, NY 14510 Livingston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 43.658', W 77° 49.757'

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The 150 mile-long Genesee River rises in Pennsylvania and flows northward into Lake Ontario. Though relatively a small stream, except in flood stages, it has cut, in its middle portion, a deep gorge with walls rising 600 feet above foaming waters. This spectacular section in Letchworth Park has been called "The Grand Canyon of the East." The Genesee then courses into a broad, level intervale before again tumbling over a series of falls at Rochester. There the river's water contributed greatly to Rochester's development.
Genesee meant "beautiful valley" to the Seneca Indians who occupied several villages here. To the Genesee in 1782 came the captive Mary Jemison who lived with the Senecas for 71 years. The Big Tree Treaty at Geneseo, in 1797, ended Indian occupation, and the Wadsworths by 1835 bought much of the best arable land in the valley. Fertile land made the Genesee famous for growing wheat in the 19th century.
The Genesee Valley Canal connected Rochester with Olean and Dansville. Started in 1836, it was abandoned in 1878. A railroad later followed much of the canal's route. Dairying, corn growing and fruit cultivation are now leading agricultural activities. The world's largest underground salt mine is located in the area.
HM NumberHM12ID
Series This marker is part of the New York: Historic New York series
Year Placed1961
Placed ByState of New York Education Department & Department of Public Works
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 1:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 268366 N 4734451
Decimal Degrees42.72763333, -77.82928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.658', W 77° 49.757'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 39.48" N, 77° 49' 45.42" W
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Area Code(s)585
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 42 Genesee Expy, Mt Morris NY 14510, US
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