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13 Responses to “50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rochester”

  1. Vicki says:

    Wonderful list! But I’m going to prove what others have long suspected, that I am in fact a nit-picking PITA, and point out that #11 should be “it’s home to…” instead of “they’re,” since it refers back to the city of Rochester. And then, to compound my offense, I will add substance to #11 and put at the end of the sentence ” … and Rochester School for the Deaf.” RSD has a long and storied history in the chronicles of educating people who are deaf. “The Rochester Method” was a proprietary communication mode used for quite a long time at RSD. It was mostly fingerspelling, and was wonderful to watch.

  2. Stephanie says:

    You wrote: “The Pledge of Allegiance was written by native Francis Bellamy”. If you are considering “Mt. Morris, New York” as part of Rochester?

  3. Diello says:

    Bellamy’s not a native, but he attended UofR.

  4. Kim says:

    Very cool! Lots of stuff I didn’t know. I think this should also be on the list… :)

    51. Rochester has the oldest miniature golf course in the U.S. Although two other mini golf courses also makes this claim, according to Roadside America Whispering Pines Miniature Golf Course holds the world record for oldest golf course that is still in use (since 1930).

  5. Stephanie says:

    Great post Kim!!
    And, let’s not forget….according to the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), SEABREEZE AMUSEMENT PARK is the twelfth-oldest operating amusement park in the world (fourth-oldest in the United States, with the Jack Rabbit as the oldest continuously operating roller coaster in America!!

  6. Therese says:

    Don’t forget that Susan B. Anthony was also from Rochester, even though she was born in Massachusetts.

  7. John says:

    On the topic of #23, a more interesting fact on the Rochester Fire Department is in the 40’s and 50s’s, the RFD shops, at the time located on Andrews St across the street from Engine 17’s quarters, fabricated/assembled fire engines from blank Mack truck chassis.

  8. Julia says:

    Show me the data behind the graham cracker/marshmallow claim because what I find on wikipedia at least doesn’t substantiate that at all. Also, when did we start calling glaciers “ice slides”? Plus, are we only counting larger cities when it comes to median house prices, because Jamestown, NY is definitely cheaper than Rochester, NY when it comes to that according to Zillow. The “flirting law” is interesting but not specific to Rochester as it’s a state law.

    There’s my nitpicking :-) Otherwise, a fun list.

  9. Julia, that one is true. The flour used to make graham crackers was developed by Rochesterian Sylvester Graham in the 19th century and commercial marshmallows were first mass produced in Rochester in 1895 by Joseph B. Demerath.

  10. Also, no one mentioned Jell-O! Invented by Pearl B. Wait (1897) in the village of LeRoy.

  11. Jason Haremza says:

    Sylvester Graham seems a tad suspect. Born in Connecticut and according to the indomitable Rochester City Historian Blake McKelvey, left Rochester for NYC in 1840. I’m open to being convinced though, since I love graham crackers and would love to add them to the local culinary litany of white hots, French’s mustard, and garbage plates.

    Also, in 11 years of living here and spending nearly half my waking hours within a few blocks of it, I’ve NEVER heard anyone refer to the Xerox Tower as ‘Toner Tower.’

  12. So since this intrigues me immensely, I did a little digging on graham crackers. Bound Brook, in NJ, claims to be the place they were created: http://www.boundbrook-nj.org/boundbrookhistory.cfm. It’s not clear how much, if any time Mr. Graham spent in Rochester, considering he was born and raised in MA, and then left there for NJ. Rochester is still home to plenty of great food, as pointed out already. My God, the Jillian is still earth shatteringly good.

  13. Richard Rolwing says:

    Could someone indulge my ignorance and explain the factoid that Lake Ontario is the “4th deepest” of the Great Lakes but has an “average depth” that is much greater and which places it in fact in second place?? Please be gentle…


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