Rochester, New York: Daredevil Death Site

Sam Patch went over Niagara Falls and lived, then he went over Rochester's High Falls... and died.
Address:
Commercial St., Rochester, NY
Directions:
Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge, off Browns Race in Rochester's High Falls district. Balcony at Terrace Park at the end of Commercial St.
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Rochester High Falls. Daredevil Death Site

Sam Patch gained world-wide fame for jumping over Niagara Falls, and becoming its first known survivor. On November 13th, 1829, when the daredevil attempted to do the same with Rochester's High Falls, before an audience of 8,000, Patch met his watery grave.

Visitors to the falls can get a view similar to Sam Patch's last by visiting "The Leap," a balcony built over the gorge at Terrace Park (at the end of Commercial St.) that was named in memory of Sam Patch. There is also a museum on Browns Race that explains all about this.

[Wes, 09/28/2009]

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