Mt. Hope Reservoir, Rochester NY

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Title

Mt. Hope Reservoir, Rochester NY

Description

In 1873 work began on a water system for the city of Rochester--an earlier one had failed due to poor construction--that would draw from Hemlock Lake in Livingston County, nearly thirty miles distant. By this point the growing city of some 70,000 still drew its water from wells and cisterns; diseases like cholera and dysentery were common because wells were located near cesspits. When a fire broke out the city depended upon water from the Erie Canal or Genesee River. Hemlock Lake was 385 feet higher than the reservoir and as such gravity fed. It was completed in 1876 and later, in 1919, was expanded to include nearby Canadice Lake.

Today, what's now called the Highland Reservoir looks much as it did in this old photograph.

Publisher

Scrantom Wetmore & Co.

Date

1901-1907

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Source

Courtesy Ken Cooper

Format

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Type

Postcard

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Original Format

Postcard

Physical Dimensions

3.5 x 5 in.