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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rochester Postcard Project Day 35

So, when I found out that the main water falls in Rochester were called High Falls I figured there had to be a Low falls.  It didn't take me long to find out that indeed I was right.  But, where was it?  It was a good year into living in Rochester before I found it behind a Dollar General off of Lake Ave.

The first time I went there I sketched this scene out.  It has a working Hydroelectric power plant at the bottom of it.  I had seen, by this time, some photos taken at the bottom.  All these years later and I haven't figured out how to get down there.  But, there is plenty to see up here.

What blew me away was how the plant gets its water to run it.  Someone thought it would be a good idea to blast a vertical shaft in the middle of the of the river then out near the bottom of the next level of the river into the plant.  That was near the beginning of the of the 20th century.  They had to divert the river around the site, dig the shaft and build the plant to manage it.  And it is still running today - WOW. 

1 comment:

  1. You make me nervous Mark - urban warrior - I hope you weren't close to the edge! Dramatic and beautiful view. Industrial progress framed by natural beauty. Love it.