New York Waterfall Tour - Day 2 - Rochester

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View from my Hotel room

Rochester is, with a population of 210,855 souls, the third largest city in New York State, making it slightly smaller than the Dutch city of Eindhoven. In the US it ranks the 101st largest city. In the state it is the second largest economic region. Rochester was often named the best or one of the best cities in the US to live in. That may be because it has the lowest median house price in the state.

Those who do not know Rochester definitively know one of its most famous industries: Eastman Kodak Company. Only few, and true Agfa and Fuji fans, can say they have never taken a picture using a Kodak film. 

Rochester came into existence when Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, from Hagerstown Maryland, funny enough the place where I had my previous hotel stay, bought some land near falls in the Genesee River.

The Pont de Rennes
This grew out to a potential site for (water powered) industry. The construction of the Erie Canal which was routed over an aqueduct right through the heart of the city caused more work prospects and made Rochester the first American Boomtown. No, not in the Wild West! Right here in New York State!

In 1888 George Eastman founded the Kodak Company which grew out to an industrial giant bringing more work to the city. Eastman, who came from a poor family, made a fortune of which he spent a lot on charity and other good causes His house is currently a museum.

After checking out of my hotel, I decided to make a walk through some parts of Downtown Rochester, not only the busy parts but mainly the old industrial areas. I saw interesting items like:
- The old Erie Canal Aqueduct, which was later used for the discontinued Rochester subway, and now carries a normal bridge.

High Falls

- The Times Square Building (aka Genesee Valley Trust building), the eight tallest building in the city. Its corner stone was ironically laid on Black Tuesday 1929.
- Old industrial parts with beautiful old buildings
- The Kodak Tower. This 16-story 1914 building used to be Rochester's tallest, until the Genesee Valley Trust building took over that role. Three more stories were added to reclaim the title. Currently it is the no. 4.
- The Rochester High Falls and the old industrial area around them. The falls are 52-meter (96-feet) high. 
- The Pont de Rennes, a nice pedestrian bridge over the Genesee River, with great views on the falls and the industrial heritage, named after Rochester's French twin city Rennes.
George Eastman House

 
I subsequently drove to the George Eastman House where I was amazed by the Georgian Style Mansion and its beautiful gardens. I took the liberty to have my lunch in Mr. Eastman's Garden and felt guilty with every DIGITAL picture I took.

More (digital) pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren 

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View from my Hotel room
View from my Hotel room
The Pont de Rennes
The Pont de Rennes
High Falls
High Falls
George Eastman House
George Eastman House
View from my Hotel room at night
View from my Hotel room at night
View from my Hotel room, the Times…
View from my Hotel room, the Time…
View from my Hotel room, the Kodak…
View from my Hotel room, the Koda…
The old aqueduct that used to carr…
The old aqueduct that used to car…
My hotel and its huuuuge parking
My hotel and its huuuuge parking
The Times Square Building. The alu…
The Times Square Building. The al…
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
One of the Kodak buildings
One of the Kodak buildings
The Kodak Tower
The Kodak Tower
The Kodak Tower
The Kodak Tower
High Falls
High Falls
Industrial heritage
Industrial heritage
The Pont de Rennes
The Pont de Rennes
High Falls
High Falls
High Falls and Browns Race Histor…
High Falls and Brown's Race Histo…
George Eastman House
George Eastman House
George Eastman House
George Eastman House
George Eastman
George Eastman
Peeking inside the George Eastman …
Peeking inside the George Eastman…
View during my lunch in George Eas…
View during my lunch in George Ea…
My walk through Rochester (rendere…
My walk through Rochester (render…
Rochester
photo by: nathanphil