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Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Railroads

Transportation Crossroads

 
 
Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
1. Railroads Marker
Inscription. Charlotte was a transportation crossroads through which people and goods were moved. The area was served by three railroads: the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh, the New York Central, and the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburgh [Ogdensburg].
The Lake Shore Railroad proposed a swing bridge across the Genesee River. When the company went bankrupt, the bridge was built by its successor, the R.W.&O, in 1874-75. This line carried freight from eastern New York State westward to Lewiston.
When locomotives became heavier, a replacement bridge was needed. Charlotte's second bridge was built in 1905 by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Many people remember the "Hojack Line" that ran across this bridge. The uniqueness of a swing bridge is that it can close as a train approaches and then pivot into an open position to allow ships to pass.
The B.R.&P. brought coal from the Pennsylvania mines to Charlotte, where it was used at the blast furnace or loaded in ships bound for Canada and other Lake Ontario Ports.
When the first rail arrived in Charlotte in 1853, the New York Central built a depot on River Street, just south of Latta Road. Today's station is the second depot, built in 1902, and located 20 feet south of the original.
Pleasure steamers, sidewheelers and ferries docked near the depot, picked up passengers arriving
Southward from the Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
2. Southward from the Overlook
Marker is the second on the railing southward from here. Genesee River at left.
by train, and took them for a cruise out on the lake or to other destinations.
 
Location. 43° 14.951′ N, 77° 36.725′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Street and Stutson Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the railing that extends south from the overlook at the foot of Stutson Street. Charlotte is a neighborhood of the City of Rochester. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Underground Railroad (here, next to this marker); Manufacturing in Charlotte (here, next to this marker); Port on Lake Ontario (a few steps from this marker); Upriver Landings on the Genesee (a few steps from this marker); Crossing the River by Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Boat Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village of Charlotte (within shouting distance of this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Rochester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 16, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg Railway - Wikipedia
Northward From the Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
3. Northward From the Overlook
The depot is behind the farthest red ornamental tree. The Genesee River empties into Lake Ontario in the distance. Amtrak serves Rochester at a downtown station. Only occasional freight here.
. (Submitted on November 16, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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