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Upper Falls of the Genesee River, c. 1900


Historical Context
New York State is the home of many breathtaking waterfalls.  They can be found in all different regions of the state.  The origin of the waterfalls stems from the Ice Age and movement of glaciers throughout the area.
Essential Question
How does geography impact culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain how this water source influenced New York's culture and economy.
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N.Y. Portage. Genessee River. First Falls & R. R. Bridge., New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_PrA1
Document Description
The Upper Falls and railroad bridge on the Genesee River in current-day Letchworth State Park near Portageville, New York, circa 1900.
Questions
  1. Where in New York State can one find a waterfall?
  2. How were the waterfalls created?
  3. Locate the Genesee River and Letchworth State Park on a map of New York.  What route would you take to get there?
Historical Challenge
When and why was the bridge in the photograph built? Is this bridge still standing today?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Science: Investigate the impact of glaciers in New York State during the Ice Age.
English Language Arts: Write a newspaper article persuading people to visit a waterfall of your choice in New York State.
Resources
  1. Donnelly, Andrew. Waterfalls. Chanhassen, MN: Child's World, 1999. ISBN: 1567664873.


  2. Fowler, Allan. The Wonder of a Waterfall. New York: Children's Press, 1999. ISBN: 0516208136.
  3. Freeman, Rich. 200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York: A Finders' Guide. Fishers, NY: Footprint Press, 2002. ISBN: 1930480016
  4. http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/waterfalls/NewYork.html
  5. http://www.letchworthparkhistory.com/


  6. http://nyfalls.com/letchworth-main.html