Lehigh Memory Trail

Lehigh Memory Trail is an 8-foot wide, 1/2 mile paved trail in the middle of a Williamsville, NY, residential area. The parking lot is just off South Long Street in the village. There are lovely benches along the way.

Leave No Trace, Ten Essentials

While you’re enjoying the outdoors, please leave no trace for the sake of the environment and pack the ten essentials for your own safety.

Trail Surface

The trail is paved end to end, 8 to 10 feet wide. Some of the asphalt is cracked and heaved up just a bit so watch out for that.

Please consider carefully whether this trail surface is adequate for your activity.

Restrooms

There are no public restrooms at the trailheads or along the trail.

Points of Interest

caboose

At the parking lot is the original Williamsville Depot along with a train engine and several cars, including a red caboose.

canoe birch memorial

Other interesting sights along the way include town homes and a Canoe Birch tree dedicated to the memory of Sam and Jeanette Alessi.

History

From A Brief History Of The Williamsville Depot And The Niagara Falls Branch Of The Lehigh Valley Railroad:

In 1892, the Lehigh Valley Railroad completed its main line and established a western terminus in Buffalo, New York. At the same time, Niagara Falls had begun to flourish as a tourist attraction. The LVRR, wanting to capitalize on the tourist appeal of the cataract and to extend its anthracite coal business to the Midwestern United States, entered an agreement with the New York Central to use the Central’s “Peanut Line” as its route to Niagara Falls. The “Peanut Line”, which began in Canandaigua, and ran through the towns of Clarence, Amherst, and Tonawanda, was used by the LVRR until November 14, 1896.

In 1895, officials of the Lehigh Valley Railroad felt that their line would get an economic boost from having its own Niagara Falls route. In the summer of 1895, ground was broken on a 10.5 mile branch line that would bypass Buffalo at Depew, connect with the “Peanut Line” in Tonawanda, and take the LVRR into Niagara Falls, New York, Canada, and the Midwestern U.S. The new branch of the LVRR opened on November 15, 1896 and was made a subsidiary of its parent company. It was called “The Depew and Tonawanda Railroad.”

The village of Williamsville, New York, a suburb of Buffalo in the town of Amherst, was at the mid - point of the Depew and Tonawanda Railroad. In October of 1896, at a site on South Long Street in Williamsville, construction began on a railroad station designated to monitor passenger and freight business in the town of Amherst.

This depot was erected in approximately four weeks from what may have been a prefabricated kit. The Williamsville station was open for business when the Depew and Tonawanda began operations on November 15, 1896. It should be noted that in its earliest years, this countryside railroad depot was characterized by beautiful stained glass windows in its dormers, and a passenger platform on its south side.

Trail Summary

Distance 0.5 miles point to point 1 mile out and back
Elevation gain 7 feet  
Trail surface Asphalt  
Difficulty Easy  
Point of Interest 42.95430, -78.74504 Canoe Birch tree
South Long Street Parking 42.958883, -78.75293 12-15 spaces, paved and striped

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