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Kelsey's Landing

 
 
Kelsey's Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, July 30, 2021
1. Kelsey's Landing Marker
Inscription. Freedom was assured for escaping slaves who boarded Canadian vessels here at the end of the Underground Railroad.
 
Erected 1984 by City of Rochester.
 
Location. 43° 10.94′ N, 77° 37.79′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Maplewood Park near Driving Park Avenue. Click for map. This marker is just east of the parking lot in Maplewood Park. It is located about 20 feet from the Casconchiagon marker (see photos). Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Casconchiagon (here, next to this marker); Samuel Torres (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Samuel Torres (approx. 1.2 miles away); Genesee River Gorge: Industrial & Urban Development (approx. 1.2 miles away); Genesee River Gorge: Geology (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Genesee Brew House Building (approx. 1.5 miles away); On this site stood the Standard Brewing Company's main Brewery Building. (approx. 1.5 miles away); Genesee River Gorge: 20,000 Years in the Making (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rochester.
 
More about this marker.
Kelsey's Landing and Casconchiagon Markers image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, July 30, 2021
2. Kelsey's Landing and Casconchiagon Markers
Given the topography of the area, the landing was located many many feet down in the gorge. Fortunately, viewing the marker does not require going down into the Genesee River gorge.
 
Regarding Kelsey's Landing. Kelsey's Landing has an important place in Underground Railroad history. While there is no way to know how many slaves gained their freedom via this route, three specific slaves did. The men who escaped in the chaos of the Christiana "Riot" reached Rochester and the home of Frederick Douglass. He led them to the Landing where one of the men gave him a gun used in the Riot in gratitude. Unfortunately, the gun was likely lost in the 1872 fire that destroyed Douglass' home, precipitating his move to Baltimore.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Christiana Riot Markers
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Entrance to Maplewood Park as seen from Kelsey's Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, July 30, 2021
3. Entrance to Maplewood Park as seen from Kelsey's Landing Marker
Entrance to Maplewood Park as seen from Diving Park Ave. - facing east image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, July 30, 2021
4. Entrance to Maplewood Park as seen from Diving Park Ave. - facing east
Entrance to Maplewood Park as seen from Diving Park Ave. - facing west image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, July 30, 2021
5. Entrance to Maplewood Park as seen from Diving Park Ave. - facing west
Kelsey's Landing image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, July 30, 2021
6. Kelsey's Landing
The site of Kelsey's Landing (which no longer exists) as seen from the Driving Park Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 467 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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