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

Stutson Street Bridge

1917-2004

 
 
Stutson Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
1. Stutson Street Bridge Marker
Inscription. Twin brothers James and Joseph Stutson came to Rochester in 1822 and operated hotels in downtown Rochesterville and at Hanford Landing. In 1850, they bought the Commercial Hotel in Charlotte and renamed it "Stutson House." It was located at the northwest corner of River and Stutson Streets. Although the hotel burned down in 1895, the street and the new bridge across the Genesee would bear the Stutson name.
Plans to erect a bridge began in 1897, but the argument was over WHERE it should be built. City residents wanted to locate it where the Memorial Bridge now stands, while the Town of Greece wanted it built at Charlotte. Although a bill was introduced in 1899, the fight lasted until 1914, when Frank Dobson of Greece and Louis Dubelbeiss of Irondequoit ended the debate.
The double-leaf bascule bridge was started in the spring of 1915. The contract was awarded to the Penn Bridge Company. An accident delayed construction for a year when the east coffer dam was crushed. The bridge was completed in Decemeber of 1917 and cost about $300,000.
Although the bridge took two years to complete, it took just two months to demolish. The Colonel Patrick O'Rorke Memorial Bridge opened for traffic on Friday, October 1, 2004 and was dedicated the next day.
Demolition of the Stutson Street Bridge commenced the following Monday and was completed
Marker on Fence at Far Right image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
2. Marker on Fence at Far Right
by the end of November 2004.
As you stand on this overlook, you are on the part of Stutson Street that was the western approach road that led onto the Stutson Street Bridge.
The control tower has been located on both the Irondequoit and Charlotte sides of the Bridge.
 
Location. 43° 14.967′ N, 77° 36.713′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Stutson Street and River Street, on the left when traveling east on Stutson Street. Touch for map. 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. Irondequoit and its Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Port of the Genesee, New York (here, next to this marker); Lighthouses (here, next to this marker); Resort Area (here, next to this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); The Village of Charlotte (here, next to this marker); Boat Building (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Eastward - Foot of Stutson Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
3. Eastward - Foot of Stutson Street
Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
4. Memorial Bridge
Southward, Genesee River, from the overlook area. This is the present bridge. Different markers shown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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