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Map of Monroe County, 1829


You probably have better things to do this glorious weekend than look at old historical maps. But when you’re driving around town, you can think about the Rochester of 1892. An incredible map collection makes it possible.

Map of Rochester, 1892

It’s pretty easy to become engrossed in the David Rumsey Map Collection. The web viewing tools make the maps quite accessible and enjoyable. You can look at maps from far and wide.

It was cool finding out Flower City Park used to be Flour City Park. Perinton used to be Perrington. The Charlotte Lighthouse is plotted on the 1829 map of Monroe County.

If you’re really into local maps, the Monroe County library system has a bunch of images digitized.


Links of the Day:

– A Rochester City School District student went before the school board and told them she’s not going to graduate because of myriad personal problems. The girl said her teachers don’t understand. So many students feel hopeless and overwhelmed. But how much of her academic failures are the fault of her school? How much can schools do to combat society’s ills?

– The mother of Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutgers student who jumped to his death, blames herself and her church. There was so much blame after this young man’s tragic death, but can one ever really know why someone takes his life?

– The University of Rochester is taking a large role in the study of suicide.

– After accusing her alma mater of killing her startup business, a Syracuse University graduate is finally able to sell her Syracutie products on campus.

4 Responses to Maps, Maps, Maps!

  1. August 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm Patrick Eagan responds:

    There is a 1904 map of Rochester on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/niwru/2137261907/) with a quite a bit of detail: railroads, railroad stations, churches, schools, cemeteries, etc.

  2. I had to compare an old map of the Brown Square area to a new one recently (I was researching a genealogical event in my family). It was fascinating how much change can take place in one area in just 100 years. Give me a Plat book of the Rochester area, and I’m “gone” for weeks!

  3. August 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm Mittens responds:

    Wow. Looks like the area I live in was pretty much undeveloped land at that time.

  4. it really shows you how “urban renewal” destroyed downtown over the last 60 years. Lots of streets gobbled up and destroyed. Some neighborhoods look completely different than they did at the beginning of the century. The change in street names are funny too.

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