Notable landmarks include (from left to right):  Erie Canal, Culver Road, Eastern Wide Waters (Lake Riley). 


Signage visible: Boat Factory, Beers Bros. Thermostat Company: Manufacturers of Heat Regulators, Gasoline Engines, Launches .....  and Canoes, 

Panoramic view of the Erie Canal from Cobb's Hill, Rochester, N. Y.

Circa 1905.


The Culver Road Bridge over the Eastern Widewaters, Rochester, N.Y.

The original Erie Canal, completed in Rochester in 1822, curved by Cobb's Hill along what is now Norris Drive. Around 1852, this section of the canal was enlarged and straightened northbound creating a flooded area called the "Eastern Widewaters." The completion of the Barge Canal, in 1918, rerouted the canal south and away from the city of Rochester. The Eastern Widewaters was partly filled for construction of the State Armory in 1917. The remaining areas became know as "Lake Riley," named after William S Riley, City Park Commissioner and pioneer in the playgrounds movement and reforestation at Cobb's Hill Park.


In 1922, the abandoned stretch of the old canal along Cobb's Hill was purchased by the city, drained and the canal floor became the pathway for the Rochester Subway line. When the Subway was discontinued in 1952, the city converted into Route 490 East.


Present-Day view would be from the Cobb's Hill Reservoir, click here.

Panoramic view from Cobb's Hill, Rochester, N. Y.

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