of Letchworth's Death
Will Get Beautiful Glen Iris.
"Gov. Hughes's announcement, in his message to the Legislature,
that William Pryor Letchworth offered to give to the State of
New York his estate at Portage, N.Y. makes public one of the
most notable benefactions of its kind in the history of the Country"
said George F Kunz, Acting President of the American Scenic and
Historic Preservation Society, yesterday morning.
Mr. Letchworth's deed of gift makes the Scenic Society the custodian
of the property after his death. It embraces about 1,000 acres,
upon which Mr. Letchworth has expended about $500,000. The property,
called by Mr. Letchworth Glen Iris, lies on both sides of the
canyon of the Upper Genesee River for a distance of three miles
north of Portage Bridge and embraces the three famous Portage
Falls. These falls, with an aggregate descent of 330 feet, and
the canyon, with sheer walls 350 feet high, have long been regarded
as the second greatest natural curiosity in the State of New
York. Portage Canyon and its remarkable formations were made
the subject of a special study by Prof. James Hall, the State
Geologist, in 1843, and the beautiful exposure of rock formation
there gave rise to the geologic term "the Portage Group".
The famous Portage Bridge, 800 feet long and 234 feet high, spans
Mr. Letchworth built a museum, which contains several thousand
Indian specimens, and also one of the finest mastodon heads in
existence. He also moved (to) his place, the Old Indian council
house, which formerly stood in Caneadea and was threatened with