Pictures from our trip on the Genesee River and a history lesson

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We have lived in Rochester over 5 years and never knew they did boat tours downtown! Yesterday me, my mom, my cousin and Tony all went on 90-minute cruise on the seventy six year old historic wooden vessel, the Mary Jemison departing from Corn Hill Landing in downtown Rochester, NY.



Mary Jemison is named to honor the legacy of “the white woman of the Genesee,” an important figure in the history of the region. Mary was an Irish-American woman born en route to the U.S..  After she was taken captive as a child during the French and Indian wars, she chose to stay with her adoptive family who were the Haudenosaunee Iroquois.


 The Mary Jemison cruises offer spectacular views of the Rochester skyline featuring the award-winning Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Bridge; Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Genesee Valley Park; and the picturesque crossing point where the waters of the Genesee River and Erie Canal meet.  We also passed by historic Mount Hope Cemetery, which is the resting place of celebrated Rochesterians Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.




This picture was taken while we were still docked.  The bridge is the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Bridge

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This is the view of the Rochester city skyline.  

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Beep Beep! Tug boat coming through!



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The Blue Herring has returned to the Genesee River which is a good sign since they only feed in clean water!  At one point all the sewers in the city drained into the river!
This is where the guide told us to close our eyes and not look at this ugly tower. He went on to explain that that is a tower from the original Vacuum Oil Company, which got it’s start in Rochester. Vacuum Oil and Standard Oil of New York (Socony) merged in 1931 forming Socony-Vacuum Corp.. This made them the third largest world oil company at that time.In 1955, the company became Socony Mobil Oil Company. Sounding familiar yet? In 1963 it became Mobilgas then just Mobil. In 1999 Mobil merged with Exxon to form the now widely known ExxonMobil! I never knew a popular oil company got its roots right here in Rochester along the banks of the Genesee River!







Here is where the Genesee River crosses the Erie Canal.  The Canal is going top to bottom in the picture, and the River is going left to right.

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This is the chapel at the University of Rochester.  When it was built they strongly believed in seperation of church and state so it was not built on University property, even though it is owned by the university.

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University of Rochester.  This was originally an all mens college until 1900 when Susan B. Anthony and Helen Barrett Montgomery led a movement to allow women in. Susan B. Anthony pledged the cash value of her life insurance to meet the University of Rochester’s financial demands for the admission of women.


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