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South Entrance to Subway, Genesee River Barge Canal, and Lehigh Valley Railroad Station in Downtown Rochester NY, Vintage Postcard (circa 1928)

South Entrance to the New Rochester Subway, (circa 1928)

South Entrance to Subway, Genesee River Barge Canal, and Lehigh Valley Railroad Station in Downtown Rochester NY, Vintage Postcard, circa 1928 (Rollover the image to zoom)

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 country’s first great transportation hubs. Looking south from downtown Rochester, the Genesee River, Lehigh Valley Railroad, and Rochester’s 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 Station—today it’s 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


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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 1920’s. 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.


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1928 Rochester Subway Map
Map of the Rochester Subway, Railroads, and Streetcar Lines! This large, 24"x36" poster shows the Rochester Subway as it was in 1928 with stations, suburban rail lines, and connections.

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City Hall & Subway
This illustrated vintage postcard shows Rochester’s old City Hall and the Broad Street Subway entrance. Postmarked 1942.

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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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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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