Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 10. ~ By Tom and Audrey ~
Welcome back fellow bloggers and followers to part 10. Again, it’s nice to see you along on our journey around our hometown, Rochester, NY.
Today we would like to take you with us to High Falls which is located in what is appropriately called the High Falls district in the heart of downtown Rochester, NY. Like the other falls we have been sharing with you it too is located on the Genesee River. This area was the site of much of Rochester’s early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water. The falls was used to feed various flour mills and industries and today the water is still used to produce hydroelectric power.
The falls can be viewed from the Pont de Rennes bridge which runs from State Street to St. Paul Blvd. The bridge has numerous park benches to sit on and ponder life and from it you can see the Kodak (remember Kodak film?)bldg. the Genesee Brewery (internationally known), along with other interesting views. It is definitely a must see hot spot for all age groups.
We hope you enjoy the pictures and videos of this magnificent place. If you look real close at the video you will see an icicle falling on the far bank, what are the chances of this happing…. soooo cool. Did you know that if you click on a photograph it will expand to full screen and you can view them in full splendor as a slideshow.
View of High Falls on the Genesee River, Rochester, NY from the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge.
Some interesting tidbits about Rochester and the area are,
- The Lilac Festival is the largest of its type in North America, attracting 500,000 people each year.
- Rochester gets a ton of snow due to the ‘lake effect,’ in which moisture coming off Lake Ontario freezes in the cold air and gets dumped on nearby land.
- Xerox was originally founded in Rochester under the name ‘The Haloid Company’ in 1906. The Xerox Tower is 443 feet tall and it’s often called ‘Toner Tower’ due to its grey color and history of occupants.
If you missed one of the previous parts just hover your cursor over one of these series on “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 1”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 2”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 3”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 4”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 5”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 6”, “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 7” or “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 8” or “Rochester, NY – Our Back Yard part 9” and you’ll be up to speed. Please remember if you get lost just click on the “USA Through Our Eyes” heading and you will be brought back to the home page.
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