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

Genesee Valley Greenway

Genesee Valley Greenway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, March 30, 2013
1. Genesee Valley Greenway Marker
A Railroad Takes Over the Canal
The Genesee Valley Canal Railroad purchased the Genesee Valley Canal after it closed in 1878 or $100 a mile and began building tracks on the canal's towpath. By the time the line was opened here at Scottsville on January 6, 1883, the tracks were being leased to the Buffalo, New York, and Philadelphia Railroad. Later, the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad operated the line before it became the Rochester Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1900.

Passengers & Freight
From 1890 to 1932, three passenger trains a day stopped at Scottsville. On some days, as many as 300 area residents commuted to Rochester. Others boarded the train from small shelters erected at sidings, traveling the short distance to Scottsville to shop, attend school, or visit friends. As the popularity of buses and automobiles grew, however, the number of rail passengers declined until passenger service was discontinued at Scottsville in 1941.

In its later years, the Rochester Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad was mainly used for hauling coal to Rochester’s power plants. All freight service
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at the Scottsville station ended by 1959 as trucks replaced trains. The Rochester Branch was abandoned in 1963 from Livingston County south, but the tracks through Scottsville and Monroe County remained until the early 1970s.

Lionel Cameron, a local lad (left), Robert Ritchie, the station agent (seated), and John H. Murphy the station agent's assistant (right), pose for this undated photograph taken in the Scottsville Station Agent's Office. The office was in the center of the building, which had a passenger waiting room at one end and a freight room at the other. Courtesy of John R. (Dick) Murphy Clifton. NY

According to his March 2. 1885, diary entry, 22-year old Elbert Harrison Tiilotson Miller "Pd for Monthly Ry Ticket - $4.65." The monthly school ticket allowed Miller to ride to Rochester, where he worked in a law office. Miller's diaries indicate that he often took the 8;22 a.m., train to Rochester and the 5:35 p.m. train home, but would sometimes stay ln the city with friends. Courtesy Cox Local History Room, Scottsville Free Library

The Scottsville Station appears in the background of this 1938 photograph. A short branch line was extended to Garbutt in 1907, where the invention of patent plaster, gypsum building blocks, and wallboard had sparked a resurgence of gypsum mining. Railroad cars carried gypsum and gypsum products from Garbutt to the
Genesee Valley Greenway Marker in situ, facing 251 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, March 30, 2013
2. Genesee Valley Greenway Marker in situ, facing 251
Scottsville Station for shipment throughout the country until the Great Depression of the 1930s. Courtesy Skivington Library, Wheatland Historical Association.

A steam-powered Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train with two coaches and a baggage car heading north to Rochester, crossing present-day Scottsville Road just north of the village on August 14, 1914. Courtesy NYS Department of Transportation.

The red rectangle in the map above indicates the section of enlargement shown on the right. Scottsville maps courtesy Rochester Public Library, Local History Division Map Collection.

Besides serving passengers, the Scottsville Station was also a busy freight terminal. The station’s freight room was often piled high with goods being sent to and from Scottsville’s residents and businesses. Pictured is a receipt for a new bathtub shipped to Oscar Giles at the Scottsville Station. Courtesy Marjorie Laney, Scottsville, NY.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is January 6, 1883.
Location. 43° 1.092′ N, 77° 44.832′ W. Marker is in Scottsville, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is on Rochester Street (New York State Route 251) ¼ mile south of Main Street (New York State Route 383). Marker
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is set within the park. It can be seen from the road, but is facing away from it, however. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsville NY 14546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Genesee Valley Greenway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Feeder Gates (about 600 feet away); Canal Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mill Site Area of Historic Scottsville (approx. ¼ mile away); Northampton (approx. ¼ mile away); First House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Early School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Erected 1834 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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