Old Photo of Rochester’s Main Street Bridge, 1904.

Rochester’s Main Street Bridge, Photo (1904)

Old Photo of Rochester’s Main Street Bridge, 1904. (Rollover the image to zoom)

Rochester’s Main Street Bridge, 1904. (Rollover the image to zoom)

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Old Photo of
Rochester’s
Main Street Bridge



One of America’s most historic bridges—Rochester’s Main Street Bridge—can now be yours. This photo, from the Library of Congress image collection, was taken in 1904 by the Detroit Publishing Co.

The present Main Street Bridge is the fourth bridge to occupy this site since 1812. Main Street is and has been throughout its history the primary commercial and business thoroughfare for the City of Rochester, thus this bridge has provided a crucial link in communication and transportation between both sides of the Genesee River.

Beginning with the second river crossing of 1824, a phenomenon occurred which was rare in the United States: buildings were gradually built over the river and connected to the bridge. This relationship between bridge and buildings continued with subsequent crossings. The buildings erected alongside the current Main Street bridge were demolished in the mid-1960’s. This bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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Like most postcards from this era, the illustration captures beautiful detail from a distant time. The subway operated at peek capacity during World War II. But within a decade it would quickly be undone by the growing popularity of the automobile.



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Rochester Landmarks Poster
This 20"x28" poster by Richard Margolis shows shows 38 of Rochester's most loved sites and attractions.

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1928 Rochester Subway
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Subway & Broad Street Bridge
This illustrated vintage postcard shows Rochester’s new Subway and Broad Street bridge. Postmarked 1938.

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Four Corners, State & Main Sts.
Trolleys, automobiles, horse-drawn carraiges, and pedestrians fill The Four Corners. Circa 1912.

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Typical Rochester Rail Equipment
This illustrated vintage postcard shows three of Rochester's trolley cars outside the E. Main St. Station. Postmarked 1941.

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Erie Canal Aqueduct & Downtown
A great view of the Erie Canal Aqueduct and many businesses along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester. Circa 1905.

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South Entrance to the
New Rochester Subway

View of the Genesee River, barge canal terminal, Lehigh Valley RR, and new subway (circa 1928)

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RTC Token (1948-1965)
Good for one city fare on all bus and trolley lines (including the Rochester Subway). Issued 1948. 16mm. White Metal, Copper-plated.

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