Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Upriver Landings on the Genesee
Glen House Hotel and elevator. McCrackenville was located on the west bank of the river by Driving Park Avenue. The flour mills were located in Rochesterville. Both Carthage (on the east bank just south of the Memorial Bridge) and Kelsey's Landing (on the west bank) had grain elevators to store the wheat. Boats traveled upriver to Carthage, where the wheat was unloaded and taken to the mills.
The Glen House Hotel elevator took passengers down the gorge to river level, where they boarded pleasure boats like the J.D. Scott, the Charlotte and City of Rochester, that went to Charlotte and then over to Sea Breeze.
Although Carthage and Kelsey's were the early ports for Rochesterville, the advent of the Railroad shifted most of the commerce to the port at Charlotte. It was much easier to deliver goods via railroad cars bound for Charlotte boats.
In 1905, the Grand Trunk Railroad of Canada and the BR&P acquired the rights to handle coal traffic
Ontario No. 1 started service in 1907, and her sister ship was added in 1915. Although the primary function was to carry loaded coal cars between the ports, there was an added bonus of a passenger deck that could hold almost 1000 passengers.
They were magnificent vessels and people would gather to watch as they approached the harbor and continued upriver to the Genesee Docks. Although both ships ceased service in the 1950's, remnants of the dock remain at the foot of Boxard Street, where today, the Stephen B. Roman carries cement to the silos of the Essroc facility.
The Stephen B. Roman passes under the newly opened O'Rourke Bridge for the first time on October 3, 2004. Turning Basin and railroad coal docks.
Location. 43° 14.941′ N, 77° 36.731′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is on River Street 0.1 miles south of Stutson Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the railing that extends south from the overlook at the foot of Stutson Street. 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 Port on Lake Ontario (here, next to this marker); Manufacturing in Charlotte (a few steps from this marker); Railroads (a few steps from this marker); Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing the River by Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Boat Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village of Charlotte (within shouting distance of this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 3. submitted on November 19, 2015.