The Croton Dam

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Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 10:30am
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Easy, small group, open-air 2 mile/2 hour (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34”N 73°51′21”W (may be parking fee). The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks; and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Related Newsletter Articles and Blog Entries

The FOCA Newsletter was published several times a year and contained scholarly articles on the history, engineering, and sociological importance of the Aqueduct, as well as lively stories about the people who built it.

Croton Dam Inspection 2020, photo: Tom Tarnowsky
Croton Dam Inspection 2020, photo: Tom Tarnowsky

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection closed the public walkway atop New Croton Dam for five days earlier this month, creating a safe work zone for an inspection of the dam.

The closure allowed a team of rope-access technicians to rappell down the face of the dam and inspect the stones that were used to build the structure 115 years ago. It was the largest dam in the world when it was completed in 1905.

Newsletter Issue: 
03, May 1999
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25 Winter 2006-2007
Newsletter Issue: 
26, Spring 2007