High Falls history: Brown Race’s hydropower along the Genesee River

Kucko's Camera

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Made a visit down to Brown Race’s Sunday at High Falls to relive some of the history there from back in the day.

The hydropower generated here in the mid-1800s was formidable, made from the waters of the Genesee River.

That power fueled the many mills there in Rochester’s early years.

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Ten flour mills were located in that area, producing half a million barrels of flour per year — hence the original “Flour City” nickname.

It’s a wonderfully historic part of Rochester, or old Rochesterville as it was known ages ago, and it has been beautifully preserved.

Brown’s Race is a National Register Historic District and a city Preservation District. If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do, I suggest heading to High Falls at Brown’s Race and reading about the history there — great spot.

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