Place:Retsof, Livingston, New York, United States

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NameRetsof
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates42.833°N 77.867°W
Located inLivingston, New York, United States
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Retsof is a hamlet within the town of York in Livingston County, New York, United States. The community, situated southwest of the city of Rochester, is off rt 63 about a mile east of rt 36


It was founded by a man named Foster who reversed the letters of his name to name the town and was the site of one of the world's largest salt mines until its collapse in 1994. A new mine, the Hampton Corners mine, is located near Mount Morris, about to the southeast.

The original population of Retsof was mostly of Italian origin; they lived in a company town where the salt mine owned the houses and a store and maintained the small village. The Italian families lived together with a few non Italians. The others who were mostly bosses lived on the 'Avenue' in nicer houses with indoor plumbing.

In addition to the salt mine, there was a small railroad—the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad (G&W)—that took the salt to the "Main Lines" in neighboring towns. The G&W remains active today as a branch line of the Rochester and Southern Railroad.

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