Good morning, everyone. On my way home last night, I was at the East and Main intersection. This is where our Liberty pole stands. Each year it is lit during holiday times. The pole is right smack in the middle of the city, a frequent gathering place throughout the year.
It’s right across from where the former midtown indoor mall once stood.
Here’s an old river, going back to the glacier days. The Genesee river runs between Pennsylvania and New York state. A total of approximately 160 miles according to records. It was also a homestead through various areas to the indians. Both the Seneca and Iroquois nations during the 1800’s.
Then in later 1800’s and still today, it was harnessed for hydro power to flour,clothing, and tool fabricating mills.
Picture 1 is the river running north, and picture 2 is the river running south.
If you look at picture 3, now almost 200 years ago, a man by the name of Joseph Cox ran a ferry between 1820 and 1830. This was ended when a wooden bridge was erected. Then in later years, which I remember, “iron trestles”, bridges were constructed for both car and railroad crossings. I remember these when I was young. The trestles were all iron, very big.
While on a run yesterday south of Rochester I came across this old piece of railroad history. The “Pullman” sleeping car.
In rail history, the first sleeping car was built I believe around the 1830s. In 1865 George Pullman started his own firm for building these cars. Hence. “The Pullman” car.
I may add, that at one point all the sleeping cars’ employees were black. The conditions and hours these men went through were rough. They did form their own union.
They were started in the 1800’s. The little red car at the end of the train.
They were originally constructed in a makeshift, cheap way. A small cabin like structure was built on a railroad flat bed car.
Then as railroads progressed, expanded, the Caboose was modified and improved. The Caboose after modification became a custom shelter so to speak for the “conductor” and “brakeman” of the train.
It had a kitchen, sitting area, and bunks. And then with further modifications, it had an upper window built in, so the crew could see forward. I call it a “crowsnest” of a train. This was constructed due to boxcars being much higher and blocking the front of the train to the conductor, brakeman, lookout man.
By the time the 1920’s rolled around, there were 34,000 Cabooses in use on American railroads in the United States. But then like all things, things change with “time” and technology.
A small device which cost only a few thousand dollars could be attached to the last car on the train which could give the engineer all the information he needed to operate the train safely. Hence, the “Caboose” faded.
The Caboose’s life ended during the 1980’s.