Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An American “Boom Town”
Key to Rochester's rapid growth were the Genesee River and its industry-powering waterfalls plus a new commercial thoroughfare to lucrative markets in the East -- the Erie Canal. The community doubled its population to 1,502 in 1820, doubled it again in two years, and achieved a count of more than 12,000 people by 1834! This rapid "boom town” growth was still unique in America and gave rise to the nickname, "Young Lion of the West."
Today's Rochester, the third largest metropolitan area in the state, continues to be a major exporting city sending its products around the world. Some companies can even trace their roots to the city's pioneer days!
Photo Caption: The first Erie Canal aqueduct across the river, completed in 1823, was replaced with the larger one pictured here in 1842. This second structure carried boat traffic until 1918, when
Erected by New York State Canals.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 1817.
Location. 43° 8.863′ N, 77° 36.699′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Exchange Street (New York State Route 383), on the right when traveling north. Marker is in little park beside the river on the Riverway Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hayden House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1835 House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Son House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ely House - 1837 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hervey Ely House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First RIT Campus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Have honor for Nathaniel Rochester (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ford Street Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. 5. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.