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The New York Central and Hudson Railroad had a monopoly on travel from New York City to Rochester, and anywhere else in the state for that matter. The original Central-Hudson train station was built in 1882 at the intersection of N. St. Paul Street and Central Avenue in downtown Rochester. In 1895, after Fredrick Douglass’s death, the Central-Hudson Railroad was the choice of transportation for the long trip from Washington D.C. to Rochester, Douglass’s final resting place. The Central-Hudson station was replaced just 19 years later in 1914. Since then the train station has moved just down Central Avenue to its current location. This entry is part of a public history project developed by the RIT Museum Studies program in celebration of the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth (February 1818).


  • New York Central and Hudson River R.R. Depot. 1901-1913. Rochester Public Library Local History postcard collection, Rochester, N.Y. https://catalogplus.libraryweb.org/?section=resource&resourceid=1115911534&currentIndex=0&view=fullDetailsDetailsTab

Location given is the location of the modern Amtrak depot in Rochester. 

New York Central and Hudson River R.R. Depot. 1901-1913. Rochester Public Library Local History postcard collection, Rochester, N.Y. https://catalogplus.libraryweb.org/?section=resource&resourceid=1115911534¤tIndex=0&view=fullD...

Please see the digitized scrapbooks related to Frederick Douglass in the Monroe County Library Collection:

http://www.libraryweb.org/~digitized/scrapbooks/rsc00001color.pdf
http://www.libraryweb.org/~digitized/scrapbooks/rsc00002color.pdf