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Rochester History, New York

Rochester lies in the Monroe County in the New York State. It is towards the south of the Lake Ontario of the United States. The metropolitan area of Rochester city is actually considered as second largest of the economy in New York State and is called Te World’s Image Centre. Earlier it was also referred to as the Flour city and quite recently as the Flower city.

The intriguing history of Rochester

It was on 8 November 1803 that Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, Colonel William Fitzhugh and Major Charles Carroll purchased 100 acre tract in the Western New York that lies along Genesee River. By 1811, the village of the Rochesterville was all built and Erie Canal was done by the year of 1842. By the 1920s, broad street bridge was firmly erected over its top successfully.

By the year of 1821, Monroe County’s seat was the Rochesterville which in 1823 consisted 1,012 acres of land and about 2,500 residents. Later, this village came to be called as Rochester. Then in the year of 1823, once the aqueduct of Erie Canal over Genesee River got completed, and Erie Canal that lay east to Hudson River got opened. After the very advent of the rail roads, the very presence of this canal on centre city actually became bothersome and thus it was then re- routed towards the south side of the Rochester village. In 1830, the population of Rochester reached good 9,200 and in the year 1834, Rochester was re- chartered as city.

At first, Rochester was called as “The Young Lion of the West”. Then it was also called as Flour City” later in the time. By the year of 1838, Rochester was considered as the city that produced the largest amount of flour and thus the name Flour City was tagged to it. As its population almost got doubled in a mere decade, it became the first “boomtown” of America.

In the year of 1847, an abolitionist newspaper called The North Star in Rochester by Frederick Douglass was founded. He was a slave formerly and a great antislavery writer and speaker. This newspaper was an incredible attempt to serve as a great forum for voicing the abolitionist views.

When the early twentieth century was going on, Rochester was seen as a great centre for the flourishing of garment industry. In particular to men’s fashion this industry was fast prospering. It was actually a home to great enterprises like the Fashion Park Clothes, Bond Clothing Stores, Stein- Bloch & Co. and Hickey- Freeman. In fact, it was also a home to great pioneering automobile companies like the Cunningham that was produced by the carriage-maker James Cunningham and his sons. 

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