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Glen Falls

Glen Falls

Glen Falls features a 27-foot-tall cascade along Ellicott Creek as the centerpiece of Glen Park in Williamsville, New York.

The reliable hydropower of Ellicott Creek as winded its way down the Onondaga Escarpment through Williamsville led to the development of industries around Glen Falls.

Ben Ellicott (for whom the creek was later named after) and John Thompson of the Holland Land Company acquired 300 acres around Glen Falls in 1799 and constructed the first mill on the site in 1801. In 1804, Jonas Williams (for whom the town was later named after) and Evan Thomas acquired the mill property and added additional mills, a tannery, and a distillery.

The Harry Altman Glen Park Casino and Amusement Park was later built alongside Glen Falls, which featured a casino, amusements for children, a dance hall, and a zoo. A theater and restaurant were added in 1940. Two fires in 1968 and 1972 leveled the amusement park and the space was redeveloped into Glen Park in 1976.

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From Interstate 290, follow NY Route 5 / Main Street east towards downtown Williamsville for ½-mile. Turn left onto Reist Street and then right onto Glen Avenue. Follow Glen Avenue for .4 mile and turn left into the Glen Falls parking lot.

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