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Shortsville--medium.jpg
Named after the miller Theophilus Short, this small village of perhaps 800 seems to have been using this map in an aspirational way: by visualizing itself as a place to which more businesses and people would locate. The main appeal was its situation…

Warsaw--medium.jpg
Bird's eye view looking northwest shows the rapidly growing town of 3,200 located along Oatka Creek. Founded in 1803 from the Holland Purchase tract, agriculture followed the clearing of timber and by the later 19th century the town's economy was a…

Rochester--medium.jpg
Detailed map of former Erie Canal boomtown reflects its growth into a large city half a century later. Looking north, from Highland Park, we can trace the Genesee River to Lake Ontario. Several features from Rochester's earliest days still are…

Perry--medium.jpg
From a vantage point looking westward, we see the town of approximately 3,000 about a century after its first settlers began arriving following the 1797 Big Tree treaty. Incorporated in 1814, Perry initially was an agricultural area that increasingly…

LeRoy--medium.jpg
Looking roughly to the east, bird's eye view shows Oatka Creek winding through town of 5,000 as of 1890--the second largest in Genesee County after Batavia. First settled in 1793, Le Roy was created in 1812 from a portion of the Caledonia land…

Geneva--small.jpeg
At the time of this bird's eye view, the city of Geneva was one of the most important population centers in the Finger Lakes--as indicated by the 99 different points listed on Lucien R. Burleigh's map. The Seneca village of Kanadaseaga at the…

Friendship--medium.jpg
Located at the confluence of the North, West, and South branches of Van Campen Creek, this community had earned the name "Bloody Corners" due to violence. In 1815 it renamed itself Friendship, economically supported by farming and lumber but…

Wellge--small.jpg
Southward-looking panorama straddles the genres of landscape painting, bird's eye view, and travel promotion. Although created by noted painter its appeal is easy to see for the Northern Pacific Railroad and its excursionary Yellowstone Park Line.…

Niagara Falls--med.jpg
By the 1880s Niagara Falls was a very popular tourist destination, thanks to the availability of railroad transportation to its spectacular falls. A number of viewpoints and activities are shown on the map, including a dicey-looking elevator ride…

Fairport--medium.jpg
Western New York village located on the Erie Canal still shows the commercial importance of that waterway via several businesses located alongside: a planing mill, grist mill, canning factory, and a baking powder manufacturer. Two railroad lines…
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