the Empire State/Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Derby is the
largest fishing derby in the nation.
Green, the "father of fishes," was born in Rochester
in 1817. He invented the fishing reel.
Memorial Art Gallery offers 9,500 artworks from medieval
to modern times, the largest general collection in New York
State outside of New York City.
are over 450 animals at the Seneca Park Zoo.
first municipally owned baseball team in the country was
the Rochester Red Wings.
total exports account for over 40% of New York State's total.
postal mail chute was designed by J.G. Cutler of Rochester
on September 11, 1883.
1927, General Railway Signal introduced the first CTC centralized
traffic control system.
Strasenburgh Planetarium has the world's first computerized
Hill Country Club has been host to the U.S. Open three times.
It also was host to the 1995 Ryder Cup.
International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman
House contains one of the world's premier collections of
photographs, films, rare books and imaging-related works.
Fagan Dance began in Rochester and performs around the world.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is the only major orchestra
in the U.S. supported by a mid-sized city.
- Bausch & Lomb
is a world leader in the distribution of products for the
care, correction, and enhancement of vision.
Jacob Bausch and Capt. Henry Lomb opened an optical shop
in Rochester in 1852.
Genesee Brewing Company was established in 1878.
first automatically operated vending machine was produced
in Rochester in 1897.
world's largest display of lilacs is in Highland Park.
first Newspaper Association Convention was held in Rochester
on February 16, 1887.
Bill's children are buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
first photographic copying machine was commercially manufactured
in Rochester in 1910.
Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester offers
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in optics.
Landmark Society of Western New York is one of the oldest
and largest preservation groups in the U.S.
Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester
conducts research on the energy related issues of lasers.
first photograph taken from an aircraft at night was over
Rochester on November 20, 1925.
electrobasograph was invented by Russell R. Schwartz of the
University of Rochester Medical School in 1933.
is a Seneca word meaning "pleasant banks."
is commonly referred to as the "Flower City."
Jones Farm, the birthplace of George Eastman, is in the village
at the Genesee Country Museum.
Erie Canal made Rochester America's first boom town.
Steward (1793-1869) was an early Rochester pioneer.
last canal boat crossed the Genesee Aqueduct in 1919.
grew into one of the great American cities of the 19th century
because of two waterways--the Genesee River and the Erie
- "Jives" Cab
Calloway is from Rochester.
Woodbury Strong was a collector of 19th and 20th century
culture. Her collection is housed at the Strong Museum.
May at Highland Park, 1,200 lilac bushes display a floral
rainbow of more than 500 varieties.
Eastman (1854-1932) was the founder of the Eastman Kodak
Child became Rochester's first mayor in 1834.
B. Anthony, women's rights advocate, was arrested for voting
Douglass, antislavery spokesman, became the first presidential
candidate of negro blood nominated in 1847.
Nathaniel Rochester was the city founder.
- Ebenezer "Indian" Allen
was Rochester's first miller.
- "Mercury" has
been a symbol of Rochester since 1881.
Posts were early advocates of abolition. The Post House was
an important underground railroad stop.
David Hochstein, a gifted violinist, was killed in World
War I. In 1920, the David Hochstein Memorial Music School
was established in his honor.
Sibley was the founder of Western Union.
was known as the "Flour City."
Patch, the first Niagara daredevil, met his doom at the Main
Falls on Friday the 13th, November 1829. His pet bear wisely
declined to accompany him. He often said, "some things
can be done as well as others."
denied funds by Thomas Jefferson, New York State Governor
DeWitt Clinton built the Erie Canal. It opened in 1825.
Erie Canal, nicknamed "Clinton's Ditch," was the
engineering marvel of its day.
Town of Greece was established on March 22, 1822. It was
named to honor the people of Greece, who had recently won
freedom from Turkish rule.
employment of scientists and engineers is twice that of New
York State and the U.S.
of all persons employed nationally in the manufacturing of
photographic equipment and supplies are in the Rochester
inventor of the gasoline engine, George B. Selden of Rochester,
filed a patent on May 8, 1879.
Lincoln addressed the citizens of Rochester on February 18th,
directly employs more than 100,000 Rochester area people.
90 optics and imaging firms and imaging related divisions
of large firms are located in the Rochester area.
town of Brighton reported in 1938 that it had no cemeteries,
no banks, no libraries, no theaters, and no post office.
But it did have 85 lawyers.
the 1890s, Rochester's National Casket Company made three-fourths
of the caskets sold in America.
World War I, Rochester's factories made half the world's
the first half of the 19th century, Rochester's frontier
vitality earned it the nickname "Young Lion of the West."
last one-room schoolhouse in Monroe County--in the town of
Hamlin--closed in 1956.
Rochester-area people age 24 or older, 80% are high school
graduates, compared with 75% in the U.S.
clerk George Eastman, a prudent young man, began his photographic
plate company in 1881--but he didn't quit his day job for
nearly two years.
at Brockport, established as Brockport Academy in 1848, is
the oldest college in Monroe County.
first edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in Palmyra,
Wayne County, beginning in 1829.
Fox sisters, who started a nationwide spiritualism craze
in the 1840s, eventually admitted that they produced rapping
noises during their seances by cracking the joints of their
first black player in the NBA, Earl Lloyd of the Washington
Capitols, made his debut in Rochester against the Royals,
in October 1951.
you know that Charles G. Finney, a great Revivalist minister,
traveled the western NY area. His most successful series
of meetings were in Rochester, NY. Crime fell to nearly zero.
Jails were almost unnecessary and police had nothing to do.
Today in his memory a local high school is named for him.