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"Biking the Finger Lakes" 21 May 2012 (doc)

"Birding in the Finger Lakes" 12 April 2012 (doc) 


The Finger Lakes has...


35 colleges and universities.


50 lakes. At 38.2 mi./61.4 km. long and 3.5 mi./5.6 km. wide at its widest point, Cayuga Lake is the Finger Lake's longest and largest. Seneca Lake is the deepest and coldest of the Finger Lakes at 618 ft./188.3 m. and the second deepest lake in the country (by depth below sea level).


40 state parks, state recreation areas, and state historic sites. Six of these are golf courses.


1 national forest--the Finger Lakes National Forest.


1 national wildlife refuge--Montezuma.


1 national historic site--Women's Right National Historical Park


18 nature centers.


hundreds of waterfalls. The highest is Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park with a fall of 215 ft./65.5 m.


Call Hill (42º 12' 41" N: 77º 41' 19" W) and Jackson Hill (42º 10' 57" N; 77º 34' 58" W) both in Steuben County and both the hills with the highest elevation of 2,400 ft./731.5 m. 


the largest defense contractor in the world--Lockheed Martin--in Owego.


the first chapter of the American Red Cross started by Clara Barton in Dansville.


the world's largest supplier of mozzarella cheese--Leprino Foods--in Waverly.


the largest black locust tree in the United States is located in Dansville in Livingston County. It is 94 ft./28.6 m. tall, has a circumference of 26 ft. /7.9 m., and a spread of 68 ft./20.7 m.


the largest grower of apricots east of the Rocky Mountains--Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva.


the epicenter of the wine industry in New York State--Canandaigua.


the father of drain tile farming--John Johnston--from Scotland. Learn more about him at the Drain Tile Musuem.

Famous Inventions

  • Chicken nuggets was invented in the 1950s by Cornell University professor Dr. Robert C. Baker.
  • The Moog synthesizer was invented in the 1950s by Dr. Robert Moog of Trumansburg. 
  • The ice cream sundae was invented by Chester Platt, an Ithaca soda fountain owner, and the Rev. John Scott, a Unitarian minister, on 3 April 1892.
  • The poem "Puff the Magic Dragon" was written in Ithaca by Cornell University student Lenny Lipton, who gave it to Peter Yarrow of the group Peter, Paul and Mary, who made it a famous song.
  • The first street lamps in the United States were lit on the Cornell University campus in 1875-76.

Famous People


Updated 14 March 2021





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