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14604, 14605, 14606, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14612, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14617, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14622, 14623, 14626

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Rochester is approximately 219,773 (2000), 210565 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 101,154 (1990), 87027 (2010).

The amount of land area in Rochester is 92.683 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Rochester is 36.44 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 3.277 sq kilometers.
The distance from Rochester to Washington DC is 295 miles. The distance to the New York state capital is 205 miles. (as the crow flies)
Rochester is positioned 43.16 degrees north of the equator and 77.61 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Rochester location: on the south shores of Lake Ontario in western New York.

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The geography for Rochester is terrain with rolling hills, lakes and rivers which were left behind by the glaciers. The fertile Genesee Valley was carved out during the Cenozoic time from huge glaciers.

Climate & Weather

The weather in Rochester is seasonal. Due to its proximity to Lake Ontario, summer temperatures rarely go above 100 and winter averages five days or less of below zero weather.
Rochester average annual snowfall is 95.0 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 32 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Rochester history:

Rochester has had many nicknames, among them - "Young Lion of the West," the "Flower City," and the "Flour City." It was also known as the "World's Image Centre," due to its history in photography, xerography and optics.

The Iroquois were the local Native American people who lived here. The five tribes of the Iroquois banded together to promote peace among themselves and also to show a united front to outsiders. The Senecas were the tribe of the Genesee Valley and were known as the "Keepers of the Western Door."

In 1788, two traders bought large quantitites of land from the Senecas. This area later became Rochesterville and later, Rochester. The first grist mill was built just south of the High Falls. Parts of the first settlement were very swampy and also quite infested with rattlesnakes. "Rattlesnake Pete" used many of those skins to decorate the walls of his saloon.

Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, for whom the city is named, and others purchased most of the area's lands. More grist mills were built and the area prospered. Though the mills helped the area grow, it was the "new" Erie Canal that created the boom town in Rochester. Because of the many grist mills along the Genesee River, Rochester came to be known as the "Flour City." The Canal helped move the goods produced across the state.

Sam Patch made his daring final "leap" on Friday, November 13, 1829, at the High Falls, the 100 foot waterfall on the Genesee River. Thousands came to watch him perform, but instead watched him fall into the waterfall to his death.

It was also during the 1800's that the thriving economy of Rochester was given assurance it would continue. John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb opened their small optical shop here in 1853, later to become the famous optical and health-care company, Bausch & Lomb. Later, in 1888, a bank clerk named George Eastman made a flexible-film camera that would revolutionize the amateur photography world. His company would become Eastman Kodak. Both companies have their international headquarters in Rochester.

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Historical pictures of Rochester
The founding of Rochester: 1803
The incorporation date of Rochester: 1814 as a village and 1834 as a city.

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Rochester attractions:

See the historic Erie Canal as it now flows directly into the Genesee River at Genesee Valley park.

The Genesee River
Three waterfalls are seen in this river in its coursings through Rochester on its way to Lake Ontario. The High Falls, at about 100 feet, is right downtown and can be seen from many viewing areas, including a pedestrian bridge across the gorge.

Lake Ontario & The Seaway Trail
Lake Ontario is one of the five fresh-water "Great Lakes." It is well known for its salmon fishing. The area enjoys its sandy beaches, piers, boardwalk and a concert pavilion.

The Charlotte/Genesee Lighthouse
This lighthouse, on the Genesee River's west bank, dates back to 1822. It is one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Visit the mini-musuem here which traces the history of lighthouses and more.
70 Lighthouse St
Rochester, NY 14612-4710
Phone: 585-621-6179

Frederick Douglas Museum
25 E Main St
Rochester, NY 14614-1835
Phone: 585-546-3960

George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film
900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607-2219
Phone: 585-271-3361

Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607-1415
Phone: 585-473-7720

Rochester Children's Museum
250 Cumberland St
Rochester, NY 14605-2801
Phone: 585-262-3150

Rochester Museum & Science Ctr
657 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607-2101
Phone: 585-271-4320
The Museum includes, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, the Cumming Nature Center and education programs.

Stone-Tolan House
2370 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14610-2511
Phone: 585-442-4606

Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Dr
Rochester, NY 14607-3941
Phone: 585-263-2700

Susan B Anthony House
17 Madison St
Rochester, NY 14608-1928
Phone: 585-235-6124

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Mount Hope Cemetery
Phone: 585-473-2755
Over 350,000 people are buried in this cemetery. Some of the famous people who were buried here are: Susan B. Anthony-womens rights activist, Frederick Douglas-anti-slavery advocate, Hiram Sibley-founder of Western Union, Lewis Henry Morgan-father of anthropology, Dr. Hartwell Carver, father of the transcontinental railroad, John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb-founders of the optical company, Adelaide Crapsey-poet,George B. Selden-inventor of the automobile and more.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Local Sports
Rochester Redwings Baseball
minor league Baseball team

The Rochester American Hockey Team - affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres

Rochester Raging Rhinos
333 N. Plymouth Ave.
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: 585-454-KICK
Fax: 585-454-5453
Box Office: (585) 423-9464
A team with the United Soccer League

Monroe County Fair
Voice: (585) 334-4000
Fax: (585) 334-3005
2695 E Henrietta Rd
Henrietta, NY 14467
Held in July each year

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Economy & Industry

Rochester economy: A high-tech area with much manufacturing and many companies which heavily export their products. It is known for highly skilled workers and a concentrated area of manufacturing, services and retail trade. Some of the largest employers of this area are: Eastman Kodak Co., Xerox Corporation, University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, ViaHealth and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
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