Our Letchworth History Photo Album

Photo 162

Cabinet card

George L Washburn, Photographer

Castile, NY

circa 1876

This view of the Iron Bridge was probably taken within a few years of its completion in 1875. The photographer was standing on the west bank of the gorge, just south of the bridge. On the far eastern bank you can see the train depot and, far below the bridge, the dark waters of the Genesee Valley Canal.

In addition to capturing the spans impressive size, Mr. Washburn documented another interesting aspect of the Portage Bridge - the steep stairs that led from the top of the bank to the bridge piers far below! (See close up below)

We do not know if these made for energetic and daring tourists or for the workmen who built the bridge, nor how long they remained. But we are sure they would have provided a strenuous adventure for those visiting the amazing Portage Bridge!


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