Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #43

One of my High School teachers used to tell about odd laws that were made in the past. In William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he has a few pages of old laws in Rochester. This ordinance that was passed in 1868 by the the City of Rochester tries to regulate cabs. In most of the directions, it tells to park the cabs on the right side of the road except on Irving Place next to the Monroe County Courthouse.

“Hackney coaches, cabs, or carriages waiting for employment shall at all times stand, Sundays excepted. on the side of W. Main Street from Irving Place to Fitzhugh St. with the horses head towards the east, and on the west side of Irving Place from W. Main St. to the south gate of the Court House lawn; and on the east side of Fitzhugh St. from W. Main St. to said south gate, with the horses heads toward the north, and Front St. from Mumford St. to the N. Y. C. Railroad Depot, with the horses head toward the south, and on the east side of Exchange opposite the Genesee Valley Depot, and on the south side of Main Street from the west bank of the Genesee River to the east bank there of with the horses heads towards the east, under a penalty of Five Dollars for each offense, to be sued for and recovered from the owner or driver there of, severally and receptively.”

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