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New Croton Dam Turns 100

October 3, 2005

Celebrate the centennial of the New Croton Dam with a hike on the trail way of the Old Croton Aqueduct with Carl Oechsner of the Croton Friends of History on Saturday, October 8th at 9 AM. Meet Carl at the Croton Gorge Park (off Route 129) for a 3-mile hike to Gerlach Park in Ossining. Please call 271-3135 for more information or with questions.

The Croton Aqueduct is a masonry tunnel that brought New York City its first supply of clean, plentiful water, and thus contributed to its development as a great metropolis. The Aqueduct was built in response to the fires and epidemics that repeatedly devastated New York City in the late 1700s and early 1800s, owing in part to its inadequate water supply and contaminated wells.

Much more information about the dam is online at the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct website.


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