The Driving Park Ave. Bridge, near the Lower Falls of the Genesee River.

Circa 1904.


Following two collapsed attempts to cross the Lower Falls gorge, the third Driving Park Avenue Bridge (seen in this photograph) was designed by Leffert L. Buck in 1888 and built by the Rochester Bridge and Iron Works by 1890. Considered to be one of the last wrought-iron bridges constructed in the country, it arched over the Genesee River 212 ft above the water, for a total length of 717 ft long. Although it was officially referred to as "The Seneca Park Bridge," the name never took with the public. It lasted for nearly 100 years, until the structure was deemed unfit and replaced in 1988 with the current bridge on site. If you'd like to read more about it and see a video of the demolition, head to RochesterSubway's article, here.

Present-day view would be from Maplewood Park, click here.

Driving Park Avenue Bridge and Falls, Rochester, N.Y

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