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The Finger Lakes are a group of 11 long, narrow, roughly north–south lakes in an area called the Finger Lakes region in Central New York, in the United States. It is defined as a bioregion and is a popular tourist destination.

The lakes' shapes reminded early map-makers of human fingers, and the name stuck. They are also characteristic glacial finger lakes. Cayuga (435 feet deep, 133 m) and Seneca (618 feet, 188 m) Lakes are among the deepest in the United States, with bottoms well below sea level. They are also the longest Finger Lakes, though neither's width exceeds 3.5 miles (5.6 km); Seneca Lake is 38.1 miles (61.3 km) long, and 66.9 square miles (173 km2), the largest in total area.

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New York State Route 174
New York State Route 174 (also known as NY 174) is a state highway in the county of Onondaga, located in Central New York. The highway is 16.70 miles (26.88 km) long and passes through mostly rural regions. Route 174 begins at an intersection with New York State Route 41 in Borodino, a hamlet of Spafford. It heads northward for most of its length, except for short distances in the villages of Marcellus and Camillus. The route ends at a junction with New York State Route 5 west of Camillus, at the west end of the Route 5 Camillus bypass. The road was first laid out in the early 19th century following the path of Nine Mile Creek, which connected several early settlements in Central New York. The northern half of the route, between the villages of Marcellus and Camillus, was later improved as a plank road in 1855 by a private corporation that collected tolls from travelers on the road. The state took over the maintenance of the road by the beginning of the 20th century. The former plank road and an extension south to Otisco Lake and southwest to Skaneateles Lake was first designated as Route 174 in the 1930 state highway renumbering. Since then, several minor realignments have been made in the areas of the villages of Marcellus and Camillus to accommodate newly built bypasses.

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State University of New York at Binghamton
The State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton) or Binghamton University is one of the four university centers in New York State’s system of post-secondary public education (SUNY). Since its establishment in 1946, it has undergone a number of changes in name and location. Today, the research university’s main campus is located in Vestal, New York, and the school has recently opened a center nearby in downtown Binghamton. Binghamton has grown from a small liberal arts college to a large doctoral-granting institution, presently consists of six colleges and schools and is now home to more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Auburn-Ithaca Short Line abutment
Credit: Choess

An abutment of the Ithaca-Auburn Short Line bridge in Twin Glens.

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Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950

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Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Lake is one of the Finger Lakes of New York State in the USA. The lake is in Ontario County. Honeoye is an Iroquois word translated "a lying finger," or "where the finger lies." Most of the lake is within the Hamlet of Honeoye, New York (which is part of the town of Richmond) & Richmond, New York proper, but a smaller southwestern part is in the town of Canadice. Honeoye Lake is considered one of the minor Finger Lakes and is located to the west of the major lakes. To its west are other minor Finger Lakes: Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, and Canadice Lake. As with the other Finger Lakes, Honeoye Lake was created by the advance and subsequent melting of continental glaciation. The surface is about 245 meters above sea level. The lake is long and narrow with a roughly north-south orientation. Its surface area is slightly more than 7 square kilometers. It is also relatively shallow and warmer than the other Finger Lakes. Its outlet is Honeoye Creek, which flows northward. A major feeder stream, called Honeoye Inlet, enters the lake at the south end. Honeoye is 10th in size of the 12 finger lakes.

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Photograph by H. B. Lindsley
Harriet Tubman (born c.1820 – 10 March 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the U.S. Civil War. After escaping from captivity, she made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves using the network of antislavery activists known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage. Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various owners as a child. In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. She guided many slaves to freedom, and when a far-reaching United States Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850, she helped guide fugitives further north into Canada, and helped newly-freed slaves find work. Tubman worked for the Union Army during the American Civil War; first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. After the war, she retired to the family home in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. After she died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom.

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