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A Photo Gallery of the Rochester City Water Reservoir

Photos courtesy of City of Rochester.

Water entered the pipeline at the foot of Hemlock Lake NY in January of 1876 and was being delivered to Rochester residents by September. Here is a photo history of the Rochester City Water Reservoir at Hemlock and Canadice Lakes NY. Click any image to enlarge.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Pipeline construction circa 1874.

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Caretaker’s house circa 1880.

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Caretaker’s house circa 1880.

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The park at the north end of Hemlock Lake circa 1910.

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The park entrance at the north end of Hemlock Lake circa 1910.

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The north end of Hemlock Lake circa 1900. In the left foreground is the ferry boat pier. Right foreground is the gatehouse. And in the left background is the caretakers house.

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The north end of Hemlock Lake circa 1915. A closeup view of the ferry boat pier.

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Caretaker’s house circa 1900.

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Caretaker’s house in 1918.

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Caretaker’s house circa 1918.

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Caretaker’s house in 1918.

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Caretaker’s house circa 1940.

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The waterworks gatehouse in 1996.

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Barge at Hemlock Lake NY 2010. Courtesy of Keith Ebbecke.

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Barge at Hemlock Lake NY 2010. Courtesy of Keith Ebbecke.

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The waterworks crew in 1920.

The Hemlock water reservoir waterworks crew in 1920. Photo and information courtesy of Dorothy Wilkins.

Back row, left to right: William Fogarty, Howard Jones, George Rix, Floyd Casper, Unknown, Charles Proctor.

Front row: Fred Trimmer, Peter Naracong, John Haggerty, Scott Hoppough, Mr. Proctor, Wally Bennet.

Click the image to enlarge.

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The waterworks crew in 1931.

The Hemlock water reservoir waterworks crew in 1931. Photo and information courtesy of Dorothy Wilkins.

None of the people in this photo have been identified.

Click the image to enlarge.

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