Sam Patch on its maiden run in 1991 leads other boats along the Erie Canal to a Genesee River dock in Rochester. Photo courtesy City of Rochester
Built on Living Waters
Monroe County and Rochester owe their
existence and growth to the Genesee River, the Genesee Valley
Canal, and the Erie Canal. The river's power fueled a
burgeoning mill town that became New York's third largest
city, while the joining of the canal waters secured the area's
access to markets, people, and ideas. The 175th anniversary of
the "wedding of the waters" will be celebrated in 2000 when
the World Canal Conference meets in Rochester. Boats still
travel the waterways, including a replica canal boat named the
Originally submitted by: Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Representative (28th District).
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