Mouth of Red Creek, c.1905

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Mouth of Red Creek, c.1905

View of the western terminus of the portage trail from Irondequoit Bay to the Genesee River, Genesee Valley Park – Early American canoes traveling from the St. Lawrence Seaway would have trouble passing the falls on the Genesee River. To avoid this, they would travel from Lake Ontario into Irondequoit Bay and then to Irondequoit Creek, disembarking at Indian Landing in Ellison Park. From there a portage trail followed the direction of Highland Avenue and skirted the base of Mount Hope until reaching Red Creek. Part of the Iroquois Trail, this was an important trade route from Canada to the Mississippi Valley for two hundred years. Published by H.V. Walker. Reproduced from 7½” x 9½” tinted print.