Glen Falls (New York)

Glen Falls is a small waterfall located on Ellicott Creek in the village of Williamsville, New York. The hydropower provided by the falls made it an ideal site for a number of early watermills used to grind grist and to power sawmills.[1]

Glen Falls
Williamsville - Glen Falls.jpg
LocationWilliamsville, Erie County, NY, U.S.
Coordinates42°57′50″N 78°44′38″W / 42.964°N 78.744°W / 42.964; -78.744Coordinates: 42°57′50″N 78°44′38″W / 42.964°N 78.744°W / 42.964; -78.744
Total height30 feet (9.1 m)
WatercourseEllicott Creek

One of the earliest settlers of what is now Williamsville, Jonas Williams, owned two mills on opposite sides of Ellicott Creek.[1] The name of these mills, Williams Mills, eventually transformed into the name of the village in which the falls is located, Williamsville. The falls has a vertical drop of approximately 30 feet (9.1 m).[2] The vertical drop is part of the Onondaga Escarpment, a portion of which runs through Williamsville. Today, the falls forms part of the eastern border of Glen Park.

Glen Falls has a very similar name to the city of Glens Falls, which is located in the far eastern portion of New York State, over 200 miles (320 km) from Williamsville.


  1. ^ a b "History of the Town of Amherst, NY". Amherst Museum. 1997. Archived from the original on 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2008-03-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Waymark for Glen Falls - Williamsville, NY". Retrieved 2008-03-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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