Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

Paperback Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)

By (author) Thomas A Breslin, By (author) Thomas S Cook, By (author) Russell A Judkins, By (author) Thomas C Richens

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  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
  • Format: Paperback | 127 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 10mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Charleston, SC
  • ISBN 10: 0738555487
  • ISBN 13: 9780738555485
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, frontispiece

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Letchworth State Park, now a century old, grew out of a generous donation made by William Pryor Letchworth to the State of New York. The parkas remarkable history reaches back as far as the last ice age. From the Portage Gorge to the mighty highbanks at Mount Morris, Letchworth State Park follows the flow of the Genesee River, exploring the natural and human events that have shaped this inspiring landscape. Drawing on historical images and regional folklore from the collections of the authors, the park, and various local sources, the reader is invited into the past of a park that has been called the aGrand Canyon of the East.a

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Title: Publisher surprised by grand demand for Letchworth book Author: Susan J. Conrad Publisher: The Daily News Date: 1/3/2009 Letchworth State Park is so popular that one book publisher is finding it a challenge to keep up with demand for its book about the "Grand Canyon of the East." Arcadia Publishing, which has published more than 2,800 titles in its "Images in America" series, didn't expect so much interest in its Letchworth State Park book, said Lynn Ruggiere, public relations coordinator for the Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based publisher. "We did sell out of Letchworth State Park in its first month, which we did intend to be enough copies to last a year," Ruggieri said. "The book has been reprinted twice, with the first reprint being the same amount as the original print run." The photograph-filled book features a number of rarely-seen images from the park archives, the Castile Historical Society and private collections. One shows a horse-drawn wagon making its way along a perilously rough-hewn road along the edge of the valley. Another shows a Pennsylvania Railroad train running through the valley - on tracks removed about 45 years ago. Published in April, Ann Burlingham of Burlingham Books in Perry, initially purchased 40 copies of the book. "The book sold quickly, so I ordered 400 more copies," Burlingham said. The store has now sold more than 300 copies, she said. Present Tense in Batavia has also sold several copies of the book, said owner Erica Caldwell. "It's a good seller, especially for only being out for a few months," Caldwell said. "We have not sold out because I initially bought enough from the publisher." The book has exceeded the publisher's expectations, but Ruggieri said she cannot pinpoint one reason for that. "The book seems to reach an emotional point with reade