One hundred years ago, the Delaware & Hudson Coal Yard was located right here, where the church and parking lot are today. The trail you’ll follow south along the river was once the Erie railroad track, which carried passengers and freight.
If you tap the first thumbnail, you’ll see a historic glass plate photograph taken by Rochester newspaper photographer Albert Stone. It shows the Genesee river rising to the level of the railroad tracks, beneath a long passenger train. Behind the train is a large coal storage building. The river wall you see now was added later, to reduce flood damage. This blocks the river view from here, but you’ll be walking to some other spots with wonderful views of the river and the city skyline.
The path we’ll follow along the west bank of the river is part of the popular Genesee Riverway Trail.
For a trail map, tap: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/grt/