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

Rochester

An American “Boom Town”

 
 
Rochester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, June 15, 2019
1. Rochester Marker
Inscription.  On March 21, 1817, Rochesterville officially became a village of 655 acres and 700 inhabitants. A few months later on July 4, construction began on the Erie Canal - the man-made channel that would soon transform this wilderness settlement into a prosperous city.

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
Rochester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, June 15, 2019
2. Rochester Marker
the canal route was changed to bypass the city. A road deck was built above the canal in the early 1920s and rebuilt in 1973 as seen today. A subway system used the old canal bed between 1925 and 1956. This durable structure still stands as the wide-arched base of the Broad Street Bridge!!
 
Erected by New York State Canals.
 
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); Ely House - 1837 (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); Jonathan Child (approx. half a mile away); Transportation and Commerce (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
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Second Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, June 15, 2019
3. Second Side of Marker
Third Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, June 15, 2019
4. Third Side of Marker
Nearby Corn Hill Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, June 15, 2019
5. Nearby Corn Hill Neighborhood Marker
Oldest residential area in Rochester.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. 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.
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