“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Changes Over Time

Turning Point Park


— Genesee Riverway —

Changes Over Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 28, 2018
1. Changes Over Time Marker
Changes Over Time

19th Century

Industrial Era

For a century, starting in the 1870s, this area of the Genesee River was dominated by industrial uses.

The railroad trestle, shown above, was built up on this site in 1909 to transfer coal from railroad cars to cargo ships in the river below. The coal from mines in the Appalacian mountains was used along the river and shipped to Canada. As the demand for coal waned, the trestle became obsolete and in 1971, it was dismantled.

Coal Transportation

Remnant foundations of the trestle, docks and mooring platforms are visible throughout the park. This overlook is located on an old abutment for the trestle, and the trail from Lake Avenue down to the river is built on the old railroad yards. The only active industrial use is the unloading of cement (via a pipe system which crosses over the trail) for the cement plant located next to the park on Boxart Street.

20th Century

Nature Preserve

In 1972 local citizns opposed development of an oil tank farm on this site and saved it for public use.

Turning Point Park was named for this
Changes Over Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 28, 2018
2. Changes Over Time Marker
This is the far right marker.
location, at the bow on the river called the turning basin, as well as for the historic change in public attitude toward the river as a natural scenic asset for recreation.

The park was dedicated as a nature reserve, with a parking lot and trails in 1977. In 2006 a boardwalk across the turning basin extended the Genesee Riverway Trail through the park.

21st Century

Eco Park

Today green infrastructure (including permeable pavements, biofiltration areas and rain gardens) along with the natural forest and wetlands improve the quality of storm water flowing from this site into the Genesee River and Lake Ontario.
Erected by New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation & City of Rochester.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
Location. 43° 13.65′ N, 77° 37.048′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Boxart Street ¼ mile east of Calvin Road. Marker is in Turning Point Park at the foot of Boxart Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grant Homestead (approx. one mile away); To Commemorate the Memory of Ira J. Jacobson
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(approx. 1.2 miles away); Charlotte Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hosea Rogers (approx. 1½ miles away); Upriver Landings on the Genesee (approx. 1½ miles away); Port on Lake Ontario (approx. 1½ miles away); Manufacturing in Charlotte (approx. 1½ miles away); Railroads (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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