Rochester in the [wikipedia]1820s were noted for the formation of Monroe County and the naming of Rochesterville as the county seat in 1821. In 1823, property of Elisha Johnson on the east side of the Genesee across from the 100-acre (0.40 km2) Tract was annexed, bringing Rochesterville to 1,012 acres (4.1 kmĀ²) and the population to about 2,500. That year, "-ville" was dropped from the city's name. This was also the year that the first 800 foot (244 m) Erie Canal Aqueduct was finished over the Genesee, just south of the Main Street Bridge. It was built over 16 months by 30 convicts from Auburn State Prison. Soon after the Erie Canal east to the Hudson River was opened in 1823, the economy and population grew quickly.1



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