Western New York - Curtiss Motorcycles

Curtiss V-8 Motorcycle set the land speed record of 136 mph in January 1907
Curtiss V-8 Motorcycle set the land speed record of 136 mph in January 1907

"The Curtiss Museum exhibits a truly excellent and varied collection of vintage motorcycles and antique motorcycles. More than half of the motorcycle collection pre-dates WWI. Of special interest is an exact reproduction of Curtiss's 1907 World Record V8 Motorcycle (136.4 mph). Another interesting bike is the 1915 Williams "Clady's Model" that sports a three-cylinder rotary engine fixed to the rear wheel."  http://www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org/motorcycles.php

 

"The Curtiss V-8 motorcycle was a 269 cu in (4,410 cc) V8 engine-powered motorcycle designed and built by aviation and motorcycling pioneer Glenn Curtiss that set an unofficial land speed record of 136.36 miles per hour (219.45 km/h) on January 24, 1907 ... Curtiss remained "the fastest man in the world," the title the newspapers gave him for going faster than any vehicle, on land, sea or air, until 1911, when his absolute record was broken by the 141.7 mph (228.0 km/h) Blitzen Benz automobile. No motorcycle surpassed the record until 1930. Curtiss's success at racing strengthened his reputation as a leading maker of high-performance motorcycles and engines."  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_V-8_motorcycle


The Letchworth State Park is advertised as "The Grand Canyon of the East", and it certainly is quite impressive and beautiful, even though it cannot stand comparison with the Grand Canyon. This video shows views from the Gorge Trail and from West and East rims, with the Lower, Middle and Upper falls. 


187 miles in Western NY state from Niagara Falls to Corning, NY. Click the Google map to enlarge it
187 miles in Western NY state from Niagara Falls to Corning, NY. Click the Google map to enlarge it

THE CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS - "There are some experiences so incredible you can't wait to do it again. The Corning Museum of Glass is one of those places, offering a glimpse of more than 3,500 years of historic glass, daily live glassblowing shows, demonstrations by special guest artists from around the world and a chance to make your own glass. We're sure you'll be mesmerized by the largest collection of art glass in the world. Oh, and kids 17 and under get in free!"  http://www.corningfingerlakes.com/towns/corning

"THE ROCKWELL MUSEUM (Corning, NY) tells the story of the American experience through fine art.  Housed within the Old City Hall building of Corning, this diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, and Indian artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, contemporary photography, and historic firearms. Featured galleries represent the works of Andy Warhol, the Taos Society of Artists, and masterworks of Remington and Russell."    https://rockwellmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/collections/


Watkins Glen waterfall by Flickr user: Peter Rivera Stamford, Connecticut http://www.flickr.com/people/riverap1/ [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Watkins Glen waterfall by Flickr user: Peter Rivera Stamford, Connecticut http://www.flickr.com/people/riverap1/ [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

"Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is a historic carousel factory building located at North Tonawanda in Niagara County, New York. The factory complex was constructed between about 1910 and 1915 and consists of six primary structures and five contributory additions. The primary structures are: the Mill Building (ca. 1910), Carving and Pattern shop (ca. 1910), Paint Shop and Storage Building (ca. 1915), Roundhouse (ca. 1915), Machine Shop (1915), and Assembly and Testing Building (1915). Also on the property is the Number One Special Three Abreast portable carousel, built in 1916. ... The Herschell Carousel Factory Museum is located at the original factory site on Thompson Street. It was first open to the general public in 1983, with a full operational carousel from 1916. The first floor of the factory has been opened up to provide exhibits and demonstrations. Two operating carousels give visitors first hand experience of the magical ride and authentic band organ music."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschell_Carrousel_Factory_Museum


Jell-O Museum, LeRoy, NY - "Anyone in Western New York for any period of time needs to make tracks for the Jell-O Museum and Gallery in Le Roy. Run--do not walk!--to Le Roy. This is one of those small, quirky, joyful roadside oddities that make America great. I'd add that the employees were extremely knowledgeable and personable; their kindness and enthusiasm are unfeigned and contagious. I really, really enjoyed this museum."  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g48041-d215743-Reviews-Jell_O_Gallery_Museum-Le_Roy_New_York.html