Old Portage Road - Chautauqua County, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jonathanatpsu
N 42° 18.245 W 079° 34.180
17T E 617892 N 4684529
An historical marker for The Old Portage Road, an old portage road and Indian trail in Chautauqua County, NY
Waymark Code: WM12TE0
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 07/12/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 1

Along South Portage Road, near the intersection with South Gale Street, south of Westfield, New York, is an historical marker noting the location of The Old Portage Road. As the marker states, the road was, "Built by Celoron in 1749 when he explored and claimed this region for France. Followed an Indian tail and crossed the highway at this point in 1753." This trail connected Lake Erie, near present-day Barcelona, NY, and Chautauqua Lake, near present-day Mayville, NY. From there, the explorers were able to navigate on rivers and creeks to the Allegheny River, and thus onto the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. This led to the French establishing a series of forts in western Pennsylvania, which eventually led to the French and Indian War.
Feature Discription: The Old Portage Road in western New York

Web address for the route: [Web Link]

Beginning of the road: Near present-day Barcelona, NY

End of the road: Chautauqua Lake, NY

Secondary Web Address: Not listed

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