The Genesee River runs through the park and though there are numerous waterfalls, three are the most popular. Known as the “Upper Falls”, Middle Falls” and “Lower Falls” Seneca Indians living along the river named the grounds Sehgahunda “Vale of Three Falls.”
The train trestle, known as the Portage Bridge, was originally constructed with wood in 1851, but was destroyed by fire in 1875. Within three months, it had been rebuilt of iron, and that original bridge remains with only repairs as needed. The bridge is 820 feet spanning the Upper Falls and is 240 feet high.
On one of my visits, I, umm, trespassed, and walked out onto the middle of the bridge, praying no train would come, yet hoping one would zoom by. There was a four foot walkway on either side of the track and as I uneasily walked out, I felt both scared and guilty, but also exhilarated as I peered over the rails at the river and falls below. What a view! My mom had told stories from her youth about walking across the bridge, but it was not yet banned from foot traffic at the time. I only went halfway across because my conscious was yelling at me! The photo is of my cousin, Kathy, at the beginning of the bridge. She did not go across!