Portageville, New York

Portageville is a hamlet located in the town of Genesee Falls in Wyoming County, New York. Its name derives from the Native American canoeists who would withdraw their craft from the river to avoid going over three waterfalls in the Genesee River gorge now known as Portage Falls. They had to portage several miles to the site of present-day Mount Morris, where they could embark for the rest of the journey downriver.

Portageville, New York
Portageville, New York is located in New York
Portageville, New York
Portageville, New York
Coordinates: 42°34′11″N 78°02′24″W / 42.56972°N 78.04000°W / 42.56972; -78.04000Coordinates: 42°34′11″N 78°02′24″W / 42.56972°N 78.04000°W / 42.56972; -78.04000
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyWyoming
Elevation
1,115 ft (340 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)585
GNIS feature ID960982[1]

Portageville is the only named community in the town of Genesee Falls.

The Genesee River Gorge with its scenic waterfalls was formed after the original valley was buried in glacial debris from the last ice age and the river had to cut a new valley though the Devonian sedimentary rock of the area. It has also been called The Grand Canyon of the East. The site has now been designated Letchworth State Park and is a major tourist attraction, with the upper entrance at Portage.

The First Universalist Church of Portageville was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[2]

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  1. ^ "Portageville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.