The Red Book of Niagara; A Comprehensive Guide to the Scientific, Historical and Scenic Aspects of Niagara for the Use of Travellers

The Red Book of Niagara; A Comprehensive Guide to the Scientific, Historical and Scenic Aspects of Niagara for the Use of Travellers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... day; $7.00 to $10.00 per week. Accommodates about fifty guests. Built of stone in 1825, and of considerable historic interest. At one time it was the finest hotel west of Albany. Webster once held court in it, and it has also sheltered many of the most famous men of the United States. Well spoken of. Lewiston, population 500 600, named after Governor Lewis of New York, is beautifully situated on a plain where the waters of Niagara leave the gorge. Lying at the foot of the portage between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, it was for a long time the most important town on the Niagara frontier, and got the most of the traffic arising from travel to and from the upper lakes. La Salle's Stockade (page 87) is supposed to have been located near the present ferry landing. An old tramway, probably the first railway in America, had its lower terminus near the N. Y. C. R. R. tunnel on the southern edge of the village. It extended to the top of the bluff near the site of Fort Gray. The oldest house is that of Mrs. Wheeler, situated on the bluff on the left-hand side of the road leading up from the ferry. It was built by Major Benjamin Barton in 1815 on the site of an old log house of still earlier date. The novelist Cooper is said to have written "The Spy" in a hotel which stood on the left hand side of the main street where it crosses the N. Y. C. R. R. The site is now occupied by a blacksmith shop. The Lewlston Academy, standing at the end of the same street, was built in 1826, and was long one of the leading educational institutions of Western New York. (Q) Excursions from Lewiston. To Toronto by steamer in about three hours. Fare $1.25, both ways $2.00. A trip of 7 miles on the river and 36 miles across the lake. Steamers excellent. To...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236738101
  • 9781236738103