Lock 54 on the original Erie Canal was sometimes called the Berlin lock for the nearest settlement, now called Lock Berlin. It’s east of Lyons, NY and west of Clyde, along Rt. 31. It was enlarged twice, with the final work being completed just before the Civil War. It was subsequently abandoned when the canal was rerouted in the early 20th century. A short section of the canal was left in place and thanks to the recent snow and rain it’s pretty much as full as it would have been when in use. The gates have long been gone but the photos below represent a view similar to what you would have seen when it was in use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.