Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester community to re-light High Falls in Downtown Rochester. Senator Robach secured the funding to help pay for this project, which is not only re-lighting High Falls, but also will improve and upgrade the adjacent Genesee Riverway Trail. The Falls will be lit 7 days a week with colored lighting Wednesdays through Sundays, and white lighting Mondays and Tuesdays. Be sure to come see this wonderful Rochester landmark at its finest!
High Falls is located about 2 miles upstream from the lower falls just North of Downtown Rochester. This was the site of much of Rochester’s early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water. Browns Race diverts water from above the falls and was used to feed various flour mills and industries, today the water is used to produce hydroelectric power. The falls are approximately 96 feet tall, about 14 feet shorter then Niagara Falls. High Falls was also the site of famous daredevil Sam Patch’s final jump. Over 8,000 people (out of a population of over 9,000) gathered to watch attempt a second successful attempt to jump the falls, he did not survive.