One of the "Streets", past and present, of Downtown Utica's CoLa Neighborhood.
Records indicate that Lafayette Street was listed in 1842. It ran from Whitesboro Street in West Utica, to Genesee Street.
A great day in @CityofUtica to remember a 1825 visitor, Marquis de Lafayette https://t.co/WO32tZ18Wq, who is memorialized in CoLa with renaming of Fayette Street to Lafayette... https://t.co/hg5Bc6fu50 pic.twitter.com/0c5ViM9h0F— BetterUticaDowntown (@BudsforBUD) May 27, 2019
Other records indicate Fayette Street was listed in 1855-56, also running from Whitesboro Street to Genesee Street. And yet another record offers; "Lafayette Street, previously named Fayette Street, was renamed in honor of General Marquis de Lafayette whose carriage rolled down this thorough fare in 1825. The General, traveling from a canal boat landing in Whitesboro to a luncheon held at the Bagg’s Hotel in his honor. Lafayette was touring the newly opened engineering marvel, the Erie Canal."
1824 - Grand tour of the United States "President James Monroe and Congress invited Lafayette to visit the United States in 1824, in part to celebrate the nation's upcoming 50th anniversary... he went generally northeast, viewing Niagara Falls and taking the Erie Canal to Albany, considered a modern marvel.
Learn more about the Streets of the CoLa Neighborhood.
We're not opposed to a new hospital, just do not bulldoze Downtown Utica's Historic Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood... "Build It At St. Luke's!"