Rochester is a waterborne city. The beauty and potential power of the Genesee River's Upper and Lower Falls drew co-founders Nathaniel Rochester, William Fitzhugh and Charles Carroll to this Seneca-inhabited region in the early 1800s.
The two falls spurred local industrial development, while the addition of the Erie Canal in 1825 connected the nascent village to cities across the country and expanded its market, making Rochester one of America's first boom towns.
Established as a city in 1834, Rochester has since reinvented itself on a number of occasions, earning a series of reputations ranging from the “Flour City” to the “World Image Center.”
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After graduating from Worcester Central School in New York, Marilyn Dufresne worked in banking and later for the US Postal Service. She has been vice president of Worcester Historical Society; an officer and trustee of Worcester Free Library; president, treasurer and superintendent of Maple Grove Cemetery; the town of Worcester historian; past editor of Tri-Valley News; and a member of the New York State Historical Association. Marilyn's hobbies of collecting vintage postcards, photography and writing have inspired four books: Tri Valley Cobleskill to Colliersville, Delaware and Hudson Railway, Vintage Postcards of Otsego County and the latest Tri Valley Through Time.