Panoramic view of Rochester NY by H.H. Rowley & Co., 1880. (Rollover the image to zoom)
RochesterSubway.com offers reprints of this image
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Rochester, NY A Birds-eye View 1880 Lithograph
From 1878 through 1881 the H.H. Rowley company (located in Hartford CT.)
published fourteen well-drawn and attractively printed lithographs of towns
in Massachusetts and New York. Rowley, whoever he may have been, left only
a graphic trail devoid of biographical clues, however, all of his views were
extremely detailedeven those of such large cities as Boston and Rochester.
Most of the Rowley views were printed from two stones or zince plates, a
yellow brown or gray green tone being used for clouds and shadows. This
lithograph of Rochester in 1880 was printed by Beck & Pauli in Milwaukee.
This panoramic map shows detailed topography, buildings, bridges, landmarks, neighborhoods...
even street names! Use the magnification view to the left to explore the image, but be warned,
it does not even begin to show the level of detail that can actually be seen in
this large format image.
The detail captured in this birds-eye illustration is absolutely stunning.
Not until aerial photography and satellite imagery 100 years later would Rochesterians
be able to view their city from such an all-encompassing vantage pointfrom
Highland Park to the steamboats on Lake Ontario.
This gorgeous panoramic map is available in different print sizes from
Portfolio (14"x11") to Large format (29"x23") for all of your decorating
and presentation purposes.
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.
RochesterSubway.com exists to help spark
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.