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Stagecoach on Ridge Road
Stagecoach on Ridge Road, 1840's. Stagecoach travel along the narrow Ridge Road was a popular means in the early to mid 1800's. The road was often cluttered with cattle, pioneers, freight wagons and tourists. There were many popular inns along the way. The coach could typically hold twelve passengers, but more would be stacked wherever possible. It ran on the Sabbath, much to the dismay of some "Blue Law Rochesterians," who went on to form their own coach line called the Pioneer, which only ran on weekdays.
Conductors in Front of Manitou Beach Trolley
Two conductors posing in front of a Manitou Beach Trolley in the late 1800's. The trolley rain from 1891 until 1925, delivering visitors and vacationers to the many resorts and attractions along the shore of Lake Ontario.
The Manitou Express Trolley in Front of Bartholomay Pavilion
The Manitou Express trolley parked in front of the Bartholomay Pavilion at Ontario Beach Park in the 1890's, likely delivering barrels of drink. The Bartholomay was owned by Henry Bartholomay and was a beer pavilion and entertainment center. It was one of the many "Coney Island of Western New York" attractions at the beach that included vaudeville acts, singing waiters, high wire acts and drinking. A fire in 1913 nearly burned it down and a subsequent fire in 1919 finished it off.
Manitou Trolley Car No. 23
The Manitou Trolley Car No. 23 ran from Charlotte to Manitou Beach, 1910's. The Manitou rail line delivered passengers to a number of summer hotel resorts along the shore of Lake Ontario. The "busy season" was considered the end of July through the beginning of September. A lack of profitability and the increased popularity of the automobile contributed to the decline of the electric trolley and the Manitou Line ceased service in 1924.
School Crossing Guard Henry Lewerenz at Barnard Railroad Crossing
School crossing guard Henry Lewerenz. Mr. Lewerenz is shown stationed at the Barnard railroad crossing around 1920 as a Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh coal train passes. Prior to the installation of automated lights and gates, guards were stationed at railroad crossings throughout Monroe County. The Barnard railroad crossing was located on Dewey Avenue near the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
School Crossing Guard Henry Lewerenz at Barnard Railroad Crossing
School crossing guard Henry Lewerenz. Mr. Lewerenz is shown stationed at the Barnard railroad crossing around 1920. Prior to the installation of automated lights and gates, guards were stationed at railroad crossings throughout Monroe County. The Barnard railroad crossing was located on Dewey Avenue near the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Bus Service on Ridge Road in the 1920’s
Bus traveling east on Ridge Road near Bonesteel, 1920's. Service was likely provided by the Ridge Road Transit Company. The company was the first to provide bus service in Rochester. The Ridge Road line started in 1906 and traveled eight and a half miles along Ridge Road; from Lake Avenue to Parma Corners.
Manitou Trolley Car No. 31
Manitou Trolley Car No. 31 ran from Charlotte to Manitou Beach, 1910's. The Manitou rail line delivered passengers to a number of summer hotel resorts along the shore of Lake Ontario. A lack of profitability and the increased popularity of the automobile contributed to the decline of the electric trolley and the Manitou Line ceased service in 1924.
Rochester Electric Railway Plow Car
A Rochester Electric Railway track plow car, 1890's. The Rochester Electric Railway took over the Rochester City and Brighton Railroad and ran the first electric cars in Rochester.
Horse Drawn Trolley Transport – Lake Avenue Line
Horse drawn trolley, 1880's. This rail line was run by the Rochester City and Brighton Railroad Company and likely ran from downtown Rochester to Lake Avenue; ending at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Passengers On the Manitou Trolley
Passengers on the Manitou Trolley, early 1900's. The Manitou Trolley ran along the shores of Lake Ontario. It delivered summer vacationers to the many resort hotels along the shore.
Manitou Trolley at Charlotte Station
The Manitou Trolley at Charlotte Station, 1915.
Manitou Trolley at Elmheart Hotel
The Manitou Trolley in front of the Elmheart Hotel, 1905. The Manitou Trolley served as transportation to a number of summer hotel resorts along the shore of Lake Ontario.