Monday, September 3, 2012
During our Road Trip 2012, we stopped and visited ALBION which was situated on the #98 south. It is a lovely small town and has the Erie Canal running through it.
The Erie Canal links waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east, in Albany. The waterway travels about 363 miles and contains 36 locks.
Pic #3 shows a real Dutch Canal Boat, that is used for Erie Canal Tours.
I can't remember lots about New York because I was really young but I do remember going to Central Park and seeing a singing cowboy with a guitar on the street.
I went in April 2005 with my Mammy. My best memory of New York is going to Toys R Us and getting toys!!!
Buffalo was founded in 1804 when Joseph Ellicott of the Holland Land Company mapped out plans for a settlement at the eastern end of Lake Erie, where the Niagara River begins its flow to Niagara Falls and distant Lake Ontario. Contrary to popular belief, Buffalo was not named after the American bison, but was a corruption of beau fleuve, which is French for "beautiful river." Legend has it that one of the early settlers took a look at the Niagara River and exclaimed, "Beau fleuve!"
Buffalo was the western terminus for the Erie Canal, which made the city a center of trade and manufacturing. In the early 1900s, Buffalo had the world's largest grain and livestock markets.
Since then, Buffalo's economy has not done well. It is one of the most economically depressed cities in the United States, which has resulted in a decrease in the population of the city and the metropolitan area. Nowadays, there are 1,210,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.
Buffalo is known for the huge amounts of snow that fall on the city each winter, making it one of the "snow capitals of the north."
The Hudson River Valley and nearby is an area of great natural beauty. It inspired an entire school of American Artists.
The second largest state park in New York, Harriman State Park begins only 30 miles from New York City, this park has high hills, over 20 lakes and miles of hiking trails. Bear Mountain State Park is adjacent to it and is only 50 miles. Harriman is also close to Woodbury Common Factory Outlets, which has bus service form NYC.
There are farms, wineries and Orchards around the New Paltz area, which also has the Shawangunk ridge. The Shawangunks contain mostly public lands as well as several small residential areas. Most of the northern Ridge is protected and held as the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Preserve with more than 100 miles (160 km) of hiking trails and several climbing areas. There are several old carriage trails on the Ridge including; Smiley Road from Ellenville into Minnewaska State Park Preserve; and Old Plank Road and Old Mountain Road in Shawangunk State Forest. There are also lots of waterfalls in this area. This area is only 90 miles from NYC.
Not mention that the Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park is a famous Cooking school in the area and some graduates have opened some excellent restaurants, especially in and near the town of High Falls.
North of that you have the Catskill Mountain Preserve, only 2 1/2 hours from NYC.
B&B's all over the place, Check some of the towns I already mentioned and in Sullivan, Ulster and Columbia Counties.
On the other side of the river, you have the Taconic Mountains FDR State Park, more waterfalls, farms and Orchards. Also, old mansions like Hyde Park and Boscobel. Rhinebeck is a nice village on the River.
Not to mention this area was first settled by the Dutch in the 1620's has lot's of site of historical interest like West Point.
Metro North Trains do go to Cold Spring on the Hudson and as far as Peekskill on the Hudson line and 82 miles north of NYC to Wassaic in Duchess County.
There are also companies that offer cruises up and on the Hudson River itself, at least one leaves from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Still, a car is your best option to get the most out of this kind of trip.
If you do decide to rent a car, I suggest comparing prices between New York City and North White Plains, NY you can take a train there (14.50 roundtrip) and walk to the Hertz place, you might save a little money.
Radio in the car on the road can tend to be a crap shoot. There always seems to be a plethora of country western, conservative talk and mainstream rock stations - heavy on DJ talk and/or ‘classic’ rock. Some rental cars now have satellite radio included which though initially daunting is a very nice feature. I was passing through west-central New York in a non-satellite rental car and happened across WBER 90.1 Rochester. The play list is avante garde alternative and it is a public-sponsored station meaning no five minutes of mindless commercials after every two songs. I was sad to hear the signal dissapear as I headed south out of Letchworth State Park but happy to note when I got home that I am able to stream their station off the internet. I never thought of Rochester as a happening place and western New York friends concur, but they also agree that WBER is quite the exception. Give them a listen if alternative music is your forte.
Fondest memory: http://wber.monroe.edu/site/html/index.php
Be sure to pack a comfortable pair of good walking shoes.
Dont forget to look up, the hight of buildings and architecture is astounding
Dont forget to look down, you never know who is next to you.
If you want to skate in Central Park go to the top end to the Lasker Rink it is cheaper and less crowded.
My wife's niece and her family live in Saratoga County and work in the Albany school system.
Well over 200000 people live in the county and the population has been on the rise for the last five years.
Ballston Spa will host the annual Saratoga County Fair (http://www.saratogacountyfair.org/)
The county seal depicts a battle from the revolutionary war.
Fondest memory: sah-rah-kah is native american for "hill by the river" and a derivative of this is likely the source for the county name.
The county seat was established in Ballston Spa in 1791 so the county has been around almost since the beginning of the USA.
Official website for Saratoga County is http://www.co.saratoga.ny.us
Important towns and cities in this county I have listed here (and a few of them have VT pages).
Ballston Spa, Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Corinth, Day, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Milton, Moreau, Northumberland, Providence, Rexford, Round Lake, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, Schuylerville, South Glens Falls, Stillwater, Victory, Waterford, Wilton
Places to visit are Saratoga Springs, the thoroughbred race track, Saratoga Battlefield park, Lake George, rodeo at Lake Luzerne
My cousins live in the Clayton/Alex Bay area of Jefferson County.
County population is about 115000 and fluctuates greatly depending on the activities at Fort Drum.
The Jefferson County Fair is held annually in Watertown. (http://www.jeffcofair.org/)
The county sheriff office website is http://www.co.jefferson.ny.us/jefflive.nsf/sheriff
Fondest memory: The county is named after US President Thomas Jefferson.
Watertown is the county seat. The County government was established in 1805.
The county website is: http://www.co.jefferson.ny.us
The major communities in the county are listed below and I have VT pages for some of them.
Adams, Adams Center, Alexandria, Alexandria Bay, Antwerp, Black River, Brownville, Calcium, Cape Vincent, Carthage, Champion, Chaumont, Clayton, Deferiet, Depauville, Dexter, Ellisburg, Evans Mills, Glen Park, Great Bend, Henderson, Herrings, Hounsfield, La Fargeville, Le Ray, Lorraine, Lyme, Mannsville, Natural Bridge, Orleans, Pamelia, Philadelphia, Redwood, Rodman, Rutland, Sackets Harbor, Theresa, Watertown, West Carthage, Wilna, Worth
Places to visit in the area include the Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Henderson Harbor, Watertown, Sackets Harbor and Cape Vincent.
Major physical features of the area are: St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands, Wellesley Island and border with Canada, Black River and Tug Hill, and Lake Ontario.
We have good friends who used to live here.
Population in this sparsely populated area is only 90000. The people tend to congregate in little communities and towns near the main thoroughfares. The rest of the area is native american reservations, state lands and wilderness.
Little Valley is the site of the Cattaraugus County Fair each year (http://www.cattarauguscofair.com/)
The Cattaraugus Sheriff website is http://www.sheriff.cattco.org/
Fondest memory: The county name comes from the Seneca word for "bad smelling land". It refers to the natural gas that seeps from the sandstone and limestone formations.
Little Valley is the county seat and the county was established in 1808.
The official county website is http://www.co.cattaraugus.ny.us
Important towns and cities are: (and I have some VT pages for many of them)
Ellicottville, Franklinville, Portville, Olean, Rock City, Salamanca
A few of the many things to do in this region are:
visit Allegany State Park, kayak on the Allegheny River, use the 350 miles of snowmobile trails, walk throgh Rock City
My wife has relative's from this area.
There are about 100000 people living in Wayne County.
The county seal includes images of apples and cherries in reference to the fruit farms that have been the economic backbone of the region.
The annual Wayne County Fair is in Palmyra and the website is:
The County Sheriff Office is at http://www.waynecosheriff.org/
Fondest memory: Anthony Wayne was a US Revolutionary War hero and the county bears his name.
The county seat is in Lyons and the county was established in 1823.
The official county website is http://www.co.wayne.ny.us
The important towns in the county are listed below and tips can be found in VT for each.
Arcadia, Butler, Clyde, Galen, Huron, Lyons, Macedon, Marion, Newark, Ontario, Palmyra, Red Creek, Rose, Savannah, Sodus, Sodus Point, Walworth, Williamson, Wolcott.
There are also dozens of small hamlets which are also included in the VT database and for we I have given some tips.
Places to visit include the Erie Canal, the religious center in Palmyra, Chimney Bluffs and Sodus Lighthouse.
I have a whole pile of relatives that live in Ontario County from Phelps, Canandaigua, Victor and Bloomfield.
The population is in excess of 100000 which is fairly small considering the land area of the county.
The website for visitors is http://www.visitfingerlakes.com/
The annual Ontario County Fair is held in Canandaigua; http://www.ontariocountyfair.org/
County Sheriffs Office is: http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/sheriff/
The county seal includes a native American to signify their importance in the settlement of the region and includes hills and a lake to indicate the importance of the land to the growth of the area.
Fondest memory: Progressive Farmer magazine pronounced Ontario County, NY as the best rural place to live in USA for 2007.
The county seat is in Canandaigua and the county government was established in 1789.
The official website is: http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/
The important towns and villages are listed below and I have VT pages for most of them.
Bristol (South), Bloomfield (East, West) Canadice, Canandaigua, Clifton Springs, Farminton, Geneva, Gorham, Hopewell, Manchester, Naples, Phelps, Richmond, Rushville, Shortsville, Seneca, Victor
Some good places to visit in the region are: some of the Finger Lakes (Hemlock,Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Seneca), the city of Canandaigua, the wine-tasting trails especially near Naples.
This is the county where some of my immediate relatives were born and raised.
It is one of the lesser dense counties as far as population goes; 65000 people.
The annual Genesee County Fair is held in Batavia. (http://www.gcfair.com/)
Fondest memory: The name of the county comes from the Seneca Indian word for "beautiful valley"; Gen Nis Hee Yoh.
The county seat is Batavia. The county government was established in 1802.
The official website is: http://www.geneseeny.com/
The important towns and hamlets in the region are listed below (I have VT pages for each of them).
Alabama, Alexander, Attica, Batavia, Bergen, Bethany, Byron, Corfu, Darien, Elba, Le Roy, Oakfield, Pavilion, Pembroke, Stafford
Interesting places to visit are: Darien Lake, Conesus Lake, Geneseo College, Tonawanda Reservation, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, the Holland Land Office in Batavia, the city of Batavia
I have lived in Monroe County for many years so it is the county I will begin with.
The population in this part of Western New York is over 700000.
The website for visitors is http://www.visitrochester.com/
The main air travel for the county is at the Monroe County International Airport:
There is no local subway or trolley service in the area.
The main rail service is AMTRAK: http://www.amtrak.com/
The annual Monroe County Fair is held in Rochester. (http://www.mcfair.com/)
County Sheriffs Office is: http://www.monroecountysheriff.info/
The county seal includes these features in circle divided into quadrants:
Buildings... for the growth of the area
Oil Lamp... for the education system lighting the way to the future
Apple Tree... for the agricultural heritage of the region
Geometric Figures... for the technology that the county is famous for
Fondest memory: Monroe County is named after the 5th president of the USA; James Monroe.
The county seat is in Rochester, NY. The county government was established in 1821.
The official website is: http://www.co.monroe.ny.us
The important towns and villages in the county are listed below (and I have some VT pages for each).
Brighton, Brockport, Chili, Churchville, Clarkson, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Henrietta, Hilton, Honeoye Falls, Irondequoit, Mendon, Ogden, Parma, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Pittsford, Riga, Rochester, Rush, Scottsville, Spencerport, Sweden, Webster, Wheatland
Some good places to visit in the county are: city of Rochester, Genesee River, Ontario Beach, Hamlin Beach, Market Place Mall, Sea Breeze, Irondequoit Bay
There are sixty-two counties in New York State and at least 50 of them are considered "Upstate" and the remainder are considered in with the 6 New York City counties.
This is a highly volatile division because it is viewed as having the majority of the area of the state being influenced by the minority area of the state (NYC).
The first county was created in the 1680s and the last in the 1890s.
The population density runs from 20000 to 2.5 million per county. Since finance and representation in the New York government is population dependent, not all counties have equal representation nor fiscal aid. The leaders in Albany are always fighting this apparent inequity when dealing with the individual counties.
the alphabetic list of the counties are as follows:
Albany | Allegany | Bronx | Broome | Cattaraugus | Cayuga | Chautauqua | Chemung | Chenango | Clinton | Columbia | Cortland | Delaware | Dutchess | Erie | Essex | Franklin | Fulton | Genesee | Greene | Hamilton | Herkimer | Jefferson | Kings (Brooklyn) | Lewis | Livingston | Madison | Monroe | Montgomery | Nassau | New York (Manhattan) | Niagara | Oneida | Onondaga | Ontario | Orange | Orleans | Oswego | Otsego | Putnam | Queens | Rensselaer | Richmond (Staten Island) | Rockland | Saint Lawrence | Saratoga | Schenectady | Schoharie | Schuyler | Seneca | Steuben | Suffolk | Sullivan | Tioga | Tompkins | Ulster | Warren | Washington | Wayne | Westchester | Wyoming | Yates
Rochester was founded in 1812 near where the Genesee and Irondequoit rivers empty into Lake Ontario in central Upstate New York. It was incorporated as a village in 1817, and as a city in 1834. The most important industry in the city's early history was the production of flour. Rochester also benefitted economically as the largest city along the Erie Canal, which was used to transport settlers and products between the cities in northern New York State.
Rochester was later the home of George Eastman, who founded the Eastman Kodak Company, which made many important contributions to photography.
Nowadays, there are 1,130,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in New York State, after New York City and Buffalo.
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