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Beautiful Utica: 1905

Beautiful Utica: 1905

Circa 1905. "Lower Genesee Street -- Utica, New York." Note the streetcar switch tower. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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The spire in the background is the steeple on Grace Church. Built in 1856, it's still there today.

Elevated Streetcar?

The streetcar is rolling over the Erie Canal, which was later filled in at that location, and named Oriskany Blvd. The NY State Barge Canal, a short distance north of the Erie's route, replaced it.

Utica Seed Company

The sliver of building shown on the far right later housed my father-in-law's business, Utica Seed Co. In January 1948 a fire started in an adjacent building and the blaze destroyed a large section of the block. He later rebuilt and a coffee roaster occupies the site, and the area is being redeveloped.

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I've been an avid Shorpy follower for a few years and am just now getting around to signing up for an account.

This picture, for some reason, spoke to me and I did some digging around on Genesee Street in Utica. Fairly close angle below of current day. The vacant lots across the whole downtown area are pretty sad, especially considering the beauty of the turreted building in the photo.

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