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Mount Hope Cemetery, located on Mount Hope Ave, was founded in 1838 as a City Cemetery and is the final resting grounds for many important historical figures, such as Susan B Anthony, Frederick Douglas, John Baker, John Jacob Bausch, Henry Lomb and many more. Now almost 170 years later, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair. Many graves have been destroyed or fallen over due to ground shifts. Many mausoleums have been defiled and many graves have been desecrated with graffiti. Trash is left all over the cemetery and includes condoms, beer cans and paper. The Cemetery is city owned and there is a foundation to repair the cemetery. However, the money is not used to clean the cemetery up and the cemetery is falling further and further into disrepair. If you feel strongly that the City should take action to clean up the cemetery, please sign the petition below.


Please sign and spread the word. The cemetery desperatly needs everyones help.

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LICD-cute brunette - Valentine's 2005

Kodak of the Atomic Age

{fyi, as this is my first post here :: I am typically awful at remembering exact dates and sources, I just pick-up on interesting facts & info.}

I don't know how many people are aware of the special service rendered to Kodak during the early 20th century...

Eastman Kodak, world-reknown makers of photographic materials and a landmark company in Rochester, is also the homebase for developing & processing film, in addition to its production. During the 1940's/1950's, the Age of Atomic/Nuclear testing, Kodak discovered huge batches of film were occasionally getting destroyed by some unknown agent.

The problem was revealed to be radioactive fallout... But what I find most disturbing is that it wasn't a product of any local testing. The occasional gust of wind-carried fallout material was blown in from the U.S's prime testing ground - that is to say, New Mexico and Nevada. That means it was traveling up from the SouthWest, across most of the Central U.S., and affecting film manufacturing processes as far north as Rochester in New York State. That's... a long path of potential fallout. Pretty disconcerting.

At some point, Kodak worked out an alert system with the government, so as to be given a 3 day warning on nuclear testing. This way, they would have enough time to temporarily stop film production or development processing, and store photographic materials so as to prevent corrosion from the wafting radioactive materials.

I wasn't alive until 1981, but I'm sure there are a large number of people who would have appreciated such an alert system as well - for there own personal safety, among other things.

{Maybe this is urban myth, only because I can't for the life of me remember where I read or heard about all this, but I am certain its true. If anyone can add to this or drop some solid sourcing for me to edit in, please comment.}

Cooley Airship

The story of the airship designed by John F. Cooley is a gem amongst the many oddities of our city's history. Following the success of the Wright Brothers in 1903, the world was enthralled by the prospects of flight. People could see tomorrow and wanted it today. This created a market that certain individuals such as Cooley were quick to embrace. He sold a unique vision to the wealthy gentlemen of our city and began construction of his ship in 1910 near the Baker's Farm area of Genesee Valley Park, where he said the trial flight would eventually take place.

The design was magnificent, beyond the scope of anything that had previously been achieved, surely something to make his investors rich. Cooley's lofty concept took the form of an 81 foot long and 42 foot wide vehicle requiring both a pilot and engineer to fly. It was billed by a local paper as "the first 'All Rochester' plane."

Construction, however, was never completed. Instead Mr. Cooley disappeared with outstanding debt. His then unpaid crew in Rochester abandoned their work on the unfinished airship. It was transferred from Cooley's ownership to a local grocer, through a legal writ of attachment, over the $92 he owed at her store. Cooley resurfaced eventually and was reported to be in New York City selling stock... in an airship enterprise.

The magnificent airship of Rochester and its hangar are said to have been destroyed by a windstorm.

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Since starting this community, I've become heavily involved with The Rochester Wiki, a community created guide to our city which anyone can edit or expand. I had pretty much forgotten about this community until someone commented on an older post today and brought me back here. It came to mind that Rocwiki has gathered some interesting historical information that you might appreciate. Here are some of my favorite history geek pages:

If you spot any errors or would like to add your own content, feel free to do so. That is what Rocwiki exists for. In the future I'm going to cross post any major additions or edits I make here, with hopes that it will help keep discussion alive.

Also, if you know of any interesting local history not represented by the site: let me know. I'm always looking for new trivia. Tell me about something in the area that interests you and I'll do my best to write about it.

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rochester and the manhattan project

On September 5, 1945, just three days after Japan formally surrendered, Los Alamos chemist Wright Langham sat down with scientists working at the Manhattan Annex, the secret research facility at the University of Rochester to plan the most comprehensive set of plutonium injections yet undertaken. This new round of injections would be a collaborative effort. Langham would supply the plutonium; the Rochester doctors, the patients. According to documents made public in 1994-1995, the Rochester segment of the plutonium experiment was part of a larger, planned study in which fifty patients were to be injected with radioisotopes of plutonium, polonium, uranium, lead, and radium.


the atomic cannon


The atomic cannon was a huge piece of ordnance built by the United States in the mid-1950s to hurl nuclear shells far enough that they wouldn't kill the people who fired them. While far more sensible WWIII technology than, say, the atomic hand grenade, the atomic cannon did have its detractors and tactical limitations.

The first atomic cannon went into service in 1952, and was deactivated in 1963. A single test shot was fired seven miles at the Nevada Test site on May 25, 1953. Twenty were manufactured; seven appear to have survived the Cold War and are on public display today.

There is an atomic cannon at Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, NY. The reason it is there? This is the place where they all were manufactured. Watervliet Arsenal is the only place America has left to manufacture large caliber artillery guns. We make all of the tank guns now in use. We manufactured all of the massive guns aboard the naval battleships, etc.

I am the public affairs officer of the Watervliet Arsenal as well as the director of the Museum of the Big Guns. The Museum of the Big Guns at Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, NY, is about seven miles north of the state capital at Albany. Check out the arsenal and museum at http://www.wva.army.mil/. [John Swantek, 04/14/2002]Admission: Free. Hours: Sun.- Thurs, 10am to 3pm.


Inner Loop and 390

I've been thinking lately about the Inner Loop and about I-390. Three-ninety is like a moat around the city. On Alexander Street I cross 390 into the city and somewhere in my mind I think I'm crossing a river. The Inner Loop — perpetually devoid of any traffic, as far as I can tell, and completely useless in all of my Rochester travels — is a greater enigma. More than a moat, it feels like a tournequite squeezing off downtown — certainly the opposite of the intended effect. When was it built? Why was it built? Most of all, what was there before?

[the inner loop, viewed from space]
The inner loop is plainly visible from space.

The Inner Loop

I haven't found much on the Inner Loop. There is a usenet thread on misc.transport.road titled "Rethinking the Inner Loop." It contains a dead link to a D+C story on that subject.

Construction of the Loop took years, hampered at various points by costs, bureaucratic hurdles and community opposition to demolition of hundreds of homes and landmark buildings that stood in the way.

Truly regrettable is the amount of landmark architecture that was demolished in the loop's name. Let's let it remain a useful piece of infrastructure instead of a blighted patch of open space on the surface, so the loss of those buildings is not a complete waste.

Searching the Democrat and Chroncile archive reveals a litany of articles on the Inner Loop, and its failure. Unfortunately, articles from the DC archive aren't available without paying a fee.

The circle game March 11, 2003 — The Inner Loop is an anachronism, but it's not easily undone. It's difficult these days to find any defenders of the Inner Loop, the mini-freeway encircling downtown. And for good reason. It is an imposing barrier to a unifying redevelopment of a city in serious need of revival. It is underused, is costly to maintain and is an asphalt relic of the time when all Rochester roads led to Eastman Kodak Co. But it is a lot easier, and infinitely less expensive, to say that the

Rethinking the Loop March 9, 2003 — The freeway that circles downtown is a commuter's dream turned into an albatross - but there is hope. BY STAFF WRITERS LARA BECKER LIU and RICK ARMON Building it took 20 years. Talk about dismantling it has been around at least 10 more. Now the city is taking that talk about the Inner Loop to a new level, by preparing to spend half a million dollars to look into the possibility of elevating parts of the moatlike freeway that circles downtown. This would be the second study of

Reconstruct Inner Loop as route to city renewal March 8, 2001 — CRAIG JENSEN GUEST ESSAYIST I am very disappointed that the Genesee Transportation Council's Transportation Improvement Program for the next two years does not include the Inner Loop Reconstruction Project (Democrat and Chronicle, story, March 4). The Inner Loop reconstruction could result in the raising of the east sections up to grade, linking downtown back to city neighborhoods, creating a more pedestrian-friendly downtown, and transforming some of the least desirable land

Send Inner Loop to nearest exit March 27, 2003 — wipe out ring that splits city in two ANDREW STAINTON GUEST ESSAYIST The ``Rethinking the Loop'' article (Democrat and Chronicle, March 9) brought much needed focus to a burden Rochester has been carrying for decades. The Inner Loop was conceived by the same crowd who thought tearing down the Union Station - an architectural marvel - was a good idea. It's too late to bring the train station back, but now is


There is some decent information on the web about I-390. It looks like the Southwedge was nearly doomed to be paved.

Construction on I-390 from Dansville north was blocked by environmental legislation was scheduled for 1975-1976, but blocked by environmental legislation. [4'Increasing the federal share of highway projects...' US House of Representatives, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, March 1975.]

The Rochester city council opposed the northward extension, and it was cancelled. I-390 was rerouted to meet intersect I-490 west of the city. This portion of I-390, together with I-590 east of the city and their state-numbered counterparts extending north of I-490, were formerly numbered NY 47 and named the "Outer Loop" in distinction to downtown's "Inner Loop."

The Genessee Expressway (Interstate 390) begins at the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86 and NYS Route 17) near Bath and currently ends at the Rochester Outer Loop in Brighton. Interstate 390 continues up the west side of the Inner Loop and ends at Interstate 590 in Gates. This was not the original plan for the Genesee Expressway. Originally, it would have continued north, running paralell to Clinton Avenue and crossing over it at Field Street. It would have cut a swath through Swillburg to Goodman Avenue and its feeder lanes would have run parallel with Interstate 490 up to the Inner Loop. Downtown merchants have complained that their demise was hastened by the decision not to build the highway. While the Genessee Expressway would have provided an important link from the south into Downtown Rochester, it would have obliterated one of the nicer neighborhoods left in Rochester.

Scars and evidence of the Genesee Expressway can still be seen. A number of houses on Field and Sycamore Streets were demolished for the right of way. While new houses were built on the lots later, their 70s colonial style clashed with the three story houses originally built in the 1910s and 1920s. A large open lot at the corner of Goodman and Interstate 490 exists, as does a broad swath of land between Broadway and 490.

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ok first post by order of unnes

Hello, I have a serious rochester-related post

The Internet Archive has, in its moving picture section, a collection of public domain films such as adverts, educational films and such. There is a 41 year-old film on our great city (no doubt made to attract lucrative investors) with some interesting nostalgic value. It's available in a variety of video codecs, so you can burn it as a VCD and watch it on your dvd player

Part 1
Part 2

If you watch it, please comment with your favorite part from the film My favorite part was the Midtown Puppet Carousel thingy because my mom used to work at B. Formans
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