Notable landmarks include (from left to right): The Wilder Building, Elwood & Exchange Place Building, New York Central Railroad Bridge, Powers Building, First (High) Falls, Old City Hall (Irving Place), Old Federal Post Office Building (City Hall) and Gorsline (High Falls) Building.  


Signage visible: F.F. Pulver Co. - Novelties That Advertise, 120 Mill St.,  Gorsline, Williams Hoyt & Co., Boys' Youths' Misses' and Childrens' Shoes, Wood & Neel Co., Youths' Misses Childrens' and Infants Shoes, Rochester Folding Box Co. - Collapsible Paper Boxes, Genesee Lithographic, Co.- Color Printing.

View of the Upper Genesee River (High) Falls in Rochester, N.Y.

Photo taken by the Detroit Publishing Company in 1904.


The Falls had several names. Originally, the "Upper Falls" was given to the rapids that were located between the Court St. Dam and the Erie Canal Aqueduct. Having been cleared away for the construction of the Aqueduct, that sudden 14 foot drop is no longer present. "The Falls" is the original name given by the settlers, but "Middle Falls," "Main Falls," "Upper Falls" and later, "High Falls" were also used.

Present-day view would be from the Pont Rennes (Platt Street) Bridge, click here.

Upper Genesee (High) Falls, Rochester, N.Y (COLORIZED)

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