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Rochester, New York Jigsaw Puzzle

July 10th, 2012

The Rochester NY jigsaw puzzle. 513 pieces.
I love collecting fun little bits of Rochester history. So a few years ago I bought this Rochester jigsaw puzzle on eBay. Well somehow it slipped behind my sofa and I just recently found it again. It’s like Christmas in July!

Entirely hand drawn, this 513 piece puzzle is jammed with local landmarks, businesses, and fun historic facts. Now I realize I’m a total geek-dork, but I could stare at this thing for days picking stuff out—it’s THAT much fun…

Kodak headquarters, WXXI studios, High Falls and Mr. Sam Patch jumping over High Falls...
Here’s a close up of the High Falls neighborhood. There’s Kodak headquarters and WXXI studios. And see that crowd of people and the little bear looking over the edge of High Falls? They’re watching the first famous American Daredevil, Sam Patch external link jumping over the falls. On Friday November 6, 1829, in front of an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 spectators, Patch went out onto a rock ledge in the middle of the falls. He first threw a pet bear cub over the falls and the cub managed to swim safely to shore. Patch then successfully jumped after the bear. Nut job.

The Liberty Pole, Eastman Theater and the Rochester Public Market. See the old Silver Stadium in the upper left? This puzzle was produced in 1992. The Red Wings moved to Frontier Field in 1997.
Above we can see the Liberty Pole, Eastman Theater and the Rochester Public Market. See the old Silver Stadium in the upper left? This puzzle was produced in 1992. The Red Wings moved to Frontier Field in 1997.

I-490 and the South Wedge. Cinema Theatre is in the center.
Here’s a view of I-490 and the South Wedge. Cinema Theatre is in the center; Looks like The Memphis Belle external link with John Lithgow is playing tonight. It must be 1990! The German House, Monroe High School, Colgate Divinity School, and a “Punch’s Nuts” truck driving in to deliver “nuts to everyone”. Hee hee, punch’s nuts.

Rochester's many great museums and galleries.
Rochester’s many great museums and galleries.

Looking out over Irondequoit and the Seneca Park Zoo there's Toronto in the distance!
Looking out over Irondequoit and the Seneca Park Zoo there’s Toronto in the distance! I’m not sure why that fisherman is getting swallowed by a shark in Lake Ontario… but if this puzzle is telling the truth, then the Empire State / Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Derby external link is the largest in the nation. Hmm.

No portrait of Rochester would be complete without these local legends; from left to right: Sam Patch and his pet bear, Hiram Sibley (founder of Western Union), Ebenezer 'Indian' Allan (city's first miller), Col. Nathaniel Rochester (city founder), Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Jonathan Child (first mayor, 1834) and George Eastman.
And no portrait of Rochester would be complete without these local legends; from left to right: Sam Patch external link and his pet bear, Hiram Sibley external link (founder of Western Union), Ebenezer ‘Indian’ Allan external link (city’s first miller), Col. Nathaniel Rochester external link (city founder), Frederick Douglass external link, Susan B. Anthony external link, Jonathan Child external link (first mayor, 1834) and George Eastman external link.

The box doesn't specify a minimum age, but my 5 year old daughter and I were able to crack it in about 2 days of off-and-on play. She did most of the work.
The box doesn’t specify a minimum age, but my 5 year old daughter and I were able to crack it in about 2 days of off-and-on play. She did most of the heavy lifting.

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8 Responses to “Rochester, New York Jigsaw Puzzle”

  1. Rick says:

    Sweet find! I used to love stuff like this when I was a kid. 😀

    We should make a revised version. Actually, perhaps rather than a puzzle, we could do a board game. It would be based in Downtown Rochester NY and we could call it “Parking Lot Tycoon”. (I kid, I kid).

  2. @Rick, I think you’re on to something there. Sadly. But you raise a very good point. Did you notice how parking is the one thing omitted from this puzzle?? THAT’S why Rochester looks like such a fun place! Even the parking garages are removed. Gee, you think we can use this as a learning tool for our City Planners?

  3. Actually I take that back… the South Ave garage is in there. But I think that’s because it had a giant spiral ramp – like an amusement park ride.

  4. Hey, do you know where I can snag one of these babies? Just moved to North Carolina and am really missing all things Rochester. I’d like to frame this and put it up on my “Rochester Wall” along with Park Ave fest and Corn Hill posters!

  5. Karen Tufano says:

    Do you have a puzzle or poster like these, that may have been made in th70’s? It shows Lincoln First Bank and the walkway to midtown, McCurdys etc. It’s a caricature type like the ones you show on your web sight?

  6. Marshal says:

    Where can I find this to buy!

  7. I have the only one I know of, but I don’t really want to sell it. I’d check eBay.

  8. Marshal says:

    That’s ok, I wouldn’t either. A friend of mine sent me a picture of a it after she put it together. So they’re out there, just gotta find them!


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