South Entrance to the New Rochester Subway, (circa 1928)
South Entrance to Subway, Genesee River, barge canal terminal, and
Lehigh Valley Railroad Station, Downtown Rochester NY (circa 1928) Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)
Signed, Stamped, & Delivered 1929.
This postcard depicts one of this countrys first great transportation
hubs. Looking south from downtown Rochester, the Genesee River, Lehigh Valley Railroad,
and Rochesters new trolley & freight subway all converge at South Avenue
and Court Street.
The elevated roadway with automobiles parked on either side was a driveway that
led down to the barge canal terminal (the brick building perched on the left side
of the river in the distance). Beneath this elevated driveway are the subway tracks.
The four cars in the lower lefthand corner of the image are parked on South Avenue.
The brick building in the lower right corner, behind the driveway, is
the Lehigh Valley Railroad Stationtoday its the home of the Dinosaur
Bar B Que restaurant. The passenger platform and a railroad car can be seen directly
behind the station. Rollover the image to the left to read the sign over the passenger
platform. The water flowing between the railroad platform and the driveway was that of the
Johnson and Seymour Millrace. Constructed in 1817, water was redirected from the
Genesee River at the Johnson and Seymour Dam and used to produce 1300 horsepower of
energy for local mills.
Also noteworthy, to the left of the river along the horizon are the Pinnacle Hills.
And on the right side of the river behind the dam, the Erie Railroad station and
Corn Hill neighborhood can be seen.
The handwritten message on the back of this postcard is fitting for the image
on the front. It reads:
Do you recognize this place. You would hardly know the city there are so many changes. Ordered crackers from Sibley. They are mailing them. -Tillie
This is an original, one-of-a-kind item once its gone its
gone. And were in no rush to let it go. If youre interested in owning this
piece of history please email us or you can order a reprint.
For a closer look at this postcard
rollover the image to the left.
This postcard is so detailed you have to see it to believe it.
Even the benches on the darkened railroad platform can be seen.
Rochester NY was changing rapidly in the 1920s. 1928 was the first
year of operation for the new subway. The sender of this card makes light
of all the changes in her handwritten note.
1928 Rochester Subway Map
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City Hall & Subway
This illustrated vintage postcard shows Rochesters old City Hall and the Broad Street Subway entrance. Postmarked 1942.
After the Erie Canal was rerouted south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester
Industrial & Rapid Transit Railway (the subway) was built in
its place as a link between the five different railroads and interurban trolley
lines that served the Rochester area. As the industrial landscape of Rochester
changed, and highways replaced the railroads, the Rochester subway gradually
became a relic of a bygone era. In 1956 the subway was abandoned and much of
its route was converted into Interstate 490 built to connect Rochester
with the New York State Thruway (I-90). Read more about the history of the Rochester Subway.
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public dialogue around how we can better connect the neighborhoods of Rochester
NY, surrounding communities, and their cultural offerings. Rochesters
future is written in her past. Let's rediscover it.