Sam Patch was famous in the early history of Rochester. He had made leaps over waterfalls in New Jersey. He then made two successful jumps at Niagara Falls. Then he came to Rochester. It was his last leap. His body turned up the next spring near in the Genesee River near Lake Ontario. He is buried in the Charlotte Cemetery.
I saw a new book about Sam Patch at the Rochester Public Library. It is only 32 pages with large illustrations and is targeted toward children ages 9 – 16. I’m not sure that Sam was good role model for children but his story does interest children. His current tombstone was placed by a group of children in the 1930s.
If you are interested in getting a copy of the book for yourself or your child, you can click on the Amazon link. (Note: I get a very small commission if you buy from Amazon.)