Pieces of the Past
Artifacts, Documents, and Primary Sources
from Letchworth Park History

Pennsylvania Railroad Broadside
Labor Day Excursion to Portage Falls


This railroad broadside was posted in Rochester New York to advertise a special holiday excursion train to Portage Falls and the Glen Iris Estate.

The text of the broadside reads:
"Fill your lunch basket, take your family and friends and spend a delightful day at PORTAGE FALLS and the surrounding country, unsurpassed for beauty and grandeur. The three Falls, together with the picturesque walks, groves and ravines, make it a veritable fairyland. Historical GLEN IRIS, the estate of W.P. Letchworth, with its beautiful lawns and walks, is always a place of interest to the traveler. Here may be seen the old Indian Council House and many Indian curiosities. Near by is the grave of Mary Jamison, known as the "White Women of the Genesee"

Tourists who took the train were promised 5 1/2 hours at Portage Falls!

For more information on the impact these trains had on Mr. Letchworth and the Glen Iris, see the Story of the Glen Iris Inn.

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