Our Letchworth History Photo Album

Photo 186


"Portage Bridge R.R. Bridge, Erected in 1875, 880 feet long & 234 feet high."

"Genesee River Scenery, Portage, N.Y."

M.N. Crocker, Perry, N.Y.

circa 1880

  See enlarged image below

The photographer was feeling rather brave the day he took this interesting view of the Iron High Bridge. It was taken from a ledge on the west side of the gorge looking downstream toward the Bridge and Upper Falls. You can see Inspiration Point in the distance through the bridge towers.

Something else of interest can also be seen through the bridge towers. Look carefully at the east bank, not far from the end of the bridge. There is a structure standing on the flat open area north of the bridge. Could it be the elusive dance pavilion that once stood somewhere in that vicinity? It is, of course, possible that the structure is a storage or work building associated with the 1875 construction of the new iron bridge.

The stereoview is from the Clark Rice Collection, Perry Public Library, 70 N Main Street, Perry NY 14530. We thank Peggy Parker at the Library for allowing us to use the image. We also thank Betty Rice for her constant support and assistance.

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