Some Crosman History Seen Today
Around Rochester NY
Way back in 1838, the Crosman Seed Corporation was founded in Fairport NY.
By 1923, the Crosman Rifle Company had been created as an off-shoot (that was NOT intended to be a joke!) of the Seed Corporation. This was eventually to become the Crosman Corporation that we know today.
Since 1971, Crosman has been based in Bloomfield NY. But here are photographs of some Crosman historic buildings that can be seen today in the suburbs of Rochester, NY – where Crosman has always been based. This is real living Crosman history!
Perhaps unknown to many airgunners, the Crosman Seed Corporation is alive and well and based in Crosman Terrace (or possibly Crossman Terrace?), East Rochester NY!
Between 1953 and 1971, Crosman Corporation was based in Fairport NY. Amazingly, there are still just a few current employees who worked at the Fairport location. Many Crosman staffers have very long service!
Crosman’s Fairport location still stands, now converted into a small industrial park. I believe that the building on the right was the old Crosman Reception and Cafeteria. Behind, and attached to it, are the former Development Shop (single story), then the one-time pellet manufacturing and woodwork shops (the white building).
Here are the same buildings, seen from the uphill (right) side.
These are also the same buildings, seen from across the Erie Canal, which runs right past the Fairport NY location.
Below. Viewed from the opposite direction, the building on the left – behind the modern square block – was Crosman’s one-time screw machine shop. (Many airgun parts were – and still are – manufactured using screw machines). I believe the first Powerlet manufacturing line was located on the First Floor and that the Service Department was located on the Second Floor. The Service Department was the last department to leave Fairport for the new Bloomfield location in the early 1970s.
It was a beautiful, crisp – and cold – day in Up-State NY today. That made it an ideal opportunity to photograph some of this Crosman history that still stands! Leaves on the trees makes some of these photographs impossible to make during warmer weather.