About Rochester

Rochester, New York, stands as a testament to the transformative power of the New York State Barge Canal, a vital waterway that has played a significant role in the city’s development. The canal, originally constructed in the early 20th century, connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, fostering economic growth and enhancing transportation networks.

Rochester’s strategic location along the Erie Canal, a crucial component of the Barge Canal system, propelled the city into prominence

as a key industrial and commercial hub. The canal facilitated the transportation of raw materials and finished goods, catalyzing the expansion of industries like flour milling, manufacturing, and shipping.

The canal’s impact on Rochester extended beyond its economic significance, shaping the city’s cultural and social fabric. It fueled population growth, attracting immigrants seeking employment opportunities in the burgeoning industries. The canal also played a pivotal role in the development of Rochester’s iconic waterfalls, which harnessed hydroelectric power for the city’s industries.

Today, remnants of the canal’s influence are evident in Rochester’s historic architecture, canal-side neighborhoods, and the Erie Canal Museum. The city stands as a living legacy to the NYS Barge Canal, a testament to the enduring connection between infrastructure, commerce, and the growth of a vibrant community.

News & Events

  • Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing

    200 years ago, the State of New York began construction of the Erie Canal and on August 4th, 2017 under the moonlight Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing will row all night, 363 miles – equivalent to the length of the Erie Canal to fund an inclusive rowing center to serve veterans and people with disabilities. Rochester […]Read More

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