Great Genesee Road

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As westward expansion began after the American Revolution, the only central New York pathways west of [Fort Schuyler] ([[Utica, New York]]) were rivers and a footpath called the [[Mohawk Trail]] or Iroquois Trail. The land companies which began developing large tracts of land for settlement started clamoring for the state to make better roads for their customers.
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In 1794 the state legilature authorized a road from Fort Schuyler to
  
 
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Revision as of 12:08, 29 June 2011

United States Gotoarrow.png Migration Gotoarrow.png Trails and Roads Gotoarrow.png New York Gotoarrow.png Great Genesee Road

The Great Genesee Road, a fork of the "Mohawk Trail," or "Iroquois Trail" was built by New York State to connect Fort Schuyler (now Utica, New York) on the Mohawk Trail and Mohawk River with Canawaugus (now Caledonia), Livingston County, New York on the Genesee River in 1794. In 1798 the legislature authorized a road extension to Buffalo, New York on Lake Erie. Another fork also went to Fort Niagara on the border with Canada.[1] Each end of the Great Genesee Road connected to other important migration pathways. The length of the road from Utica to Buffalo was 205 miles (330 km).

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Historical Background

As westward expansion began after the American Revolution, the only central New York pathways west of [Fort Schuyler] (Utica, New York) were rivers and a footpath called the Mohawk Trail or Iroquois Trail. The land companies which began developing large tracts of land for settlement started clamoring for the state to make better roads for their customers.

In 1794 the state legilature authorized a road from Fort Schuyler to

Route

The counties along this migration route (east to west) were as follows:[2]

Settlers and Records

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References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "New York State Route 5" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 (accessed 28 June 2011).
  2. Compare the more northerly route to Fort Niagara in Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 849, WorldCat entry, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002 with the more southerly route to Buffalo described in Wikipedia contributors, "New York State Route 5" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 (accessed 28 June 2011).