- Posted April 2, 2014 by
Rochester, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Weekends in America
Weekend "History" Hunting!
South of Rochester, approx. 13.5 miles is the town of Mendon, an affluent suburb of the city. And in all towns, there's history.
Back in 1892 the Lehigh Valley railroad laid tracks which ran from Geneva N.Y. to Buffalo N.Y... And at the town of Mendon, a branch line was built. Tracks were laid to the city of Rochester. At this location in Mendon, it was named "Rochester Junction".
A southern line was also built going into the towns to the south of Mendon-Rochester Junction. Those towns being Honeoye Falls,Lima,Livonia center and Hemlock Lake.
Since then, the Lehigh Valley railroad no longer exists, the original depot burned I believe in 1973. But citizens and historians gave it life. The area now is a bicycle and hikers trail. From private funds, hard working citizens, a imitation depot was built. And as you see some actual relics from the past are still here.
Pic.1,The Rochester Junction sign, Pic.2, The imitation depot, Pic 3,A baggage Trolley, Pic. 4 A box-car said to be from the Lehigh fleet, Pic. 5, An electrical box where the flashing lights once were on the roadside, Pic. 6 I believe was a rail switch where the brakeman would switch tracks, Pic. 7 Is a sign with directions for hikers and bicycle people, Pic. 8 is the railroad trestle, westbound to Buffalo, Pic 9, Passenger Mr. William Kemnitz. Please read on!
Every photo journalist has good days and bad days. It's true in all professions. But this bit of luck I want to share floored me. When I finished my photo shoot, I packed my gear and headed home. I took care of some odds and ends, and checked my news sites. It was around 4:30.
2 or 3 times a week my neighbor, good friend William "Bill" Kemnitz stopped by. I couldn't ask for a nicer neighbor. A former military veteran, and a man who knows history. You may remember I did a story last year here on CNN iReport about Bill and his family. "Rochester Military Family". Anyways when he sat down he said what did you today? And I showed him my photo shoot pictures. Here we go!!!
Bill looked at the pictures and he smiled. He said Slick, in 1952 I boarded a train at that rail station bound for Maryland, the United Sates Navy!!! I salute Bill. What better way to close a story.
"Special Mention"... Every few weeks my dear friend Robbi Gurell, the man who taught me computers, social media, etc., invites me out to his home in Mendon. While there recently, he suggested I do a story on this. Glad I did!