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Lower Falls and Maplewood Park

Today I visited one of the more overlooked parts of the Genesee River, the Lower Falls. It’s not quite as scenic (or as high) as High Falls and gets far fewer visitors. Unlike High Falls, however, it’s still an active hydroelectric site under the control of RG&E. Among other things it was once home to a small settlement, with a mill and other buildings that exist now only in bits and pieces.

Lower Falls by Tom Maszerowski on 500px.com

 

Lower Falls by Tom Maszerowski on 500px.com

 

Island by Tom Maszerowski on 500px.com

 

Mill Race by Tom Maszerowski on 500px.com

 


Next to the Lower Falls site, is Maplewood Park. The park boundaries have been changed over the years, likely because of proximity to the steep cliffs of the river gorge. This structure was abandoned and placed well behind a fence. Nevertheless it gets lots of visits. I would have been one of them but I didn’t have the proper gear with me and thought it best to visit another day.

Maplewood Park by Tom Maszerowski on 500px.com

 

Revisiting the Manchester Roundhouse

Breaking from my recent Erie Canal focus, I stopped by the Lehigh Valley RR roundhouse in Manchester, NY. Long abandoned, it was used for other purposes for a while but hasn’t been occupied in many years. As it’s the height of summer (and a wet one at that) a lot of the exterior, including the turntable, was obscured by vegetation.

Access to the site was more difficult this time due to the business next door putting up gates and warning signs.

Abandoned railroads in black and white

Rochester, NY is crisscrossed with railroad tracks but much of it is currently abandoned in place. These tracks are near Lee Road on the West side of the city and include the right of way for the trolley that used to run to Buffalo and Lockport. Combined with the trolley that ran to Syracuse it was possible to travel by rail from Buffalo to Syracuse without having to ride the NY Central as long as you were willing to deal with the interchanges. Personally, I would love to see the interurbans return to Western NY but I doubt there’s sufficient interest to warrant the building (or rebuilding) of the infrastructure necessary to pull this off.

I took these with my Kiev 6C medium format SLR using Fomapan film.

W
W
Bridge
Bridge
Tracks
Tracks
Stop Here
Stop Here

Former Standard Oil site

Originally the home of the Vacuum Oil Company, this site once held the Standard Oil Company of NY (which bought Vacuum Oil) complex and is, unsurprisingly, a major brownfield site. Some of the original buildings remain although most of them are now abandoned and waiting for the wrecking ball as the city completes efforts to remediate the site.

Open Door
Open Door
Leftover Barrels
Leftover Barrels
Bricks
Bricks
Hazard
Hazard

The remains of the Broad St. bridge over the Rochester Subway

After 50 years of total neglect the city decided that the bridge that carried Broad Street over the abandoned Rochester Subway was in too poor shape to be repaired and it was removed and the tunnel that ended at Brown Street filled in. The steel that held up the bridge was then left to continue to rust.

Steel and Snow
Steel and Snow
Rust
Rust
Colors
Colors
Shapes
Shapes