The Kensico Dam at Kensico Dam Plaza

Kensico Dam Plaza County Park - Valhalla - NY Travel Blog

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At the base of the dam

After visiting the quarries in Cranberry Lake Preserve, see previous blog entry, I, of course, had to see what all this quarrying had led to. So I visited the Kensico Dam Plaza, another Westchester County Park.

As explained in the previous blog, the Kensico Reservoir was built to provide more water for the rapidly growing city of New York. The reservoir is collecting water from some local rivers and streams, but the majority of its contents is actually diverted to here from the Catskill Mountains. It is a long distance colleague of collecting basins like e.g. the Neversink Reservoir.

The reservoir is named after the village of Kensico, a 200-people village that had churches, hotels, stores and even a railroad station.

The Rising, in remembrance of the Westchester 9/11 victims
Had, because Kensico was sacrificed, disappearing forever under water. The village was located slightly northwest of the current peninsula on which Cranberry Lake Preserve is located. See this link for a map.

The current Kensico dam, which was constructed after removing the old and lower dam, was constructed from 1913 to 1917, mainly by Italian immigrants. An impressive structure standing 94 meters (307 ft) tall and 556 meters (1825 ft) long. It contains enough masonry to construct a small pyramid from!

At the foot of the dam the plaza is nicely decorated with green lawns, flowers, and ponds. Another sight is The Rising, an impressive sculpture in remembrance of the Westchester victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The dam itself is not only functional but also carefully designed to be a beautiful object.

Historic picture of the village of Kensico and the Kensico Valley (picture: www.westchestergov.com)
The big blocks of the quarry's granite are clearly recognizable and sculpting is visible everywhere.

The only and huge disappointment is the fact that the dam access was closed after 9/11. Not only for cars, like the dam of the Croton Reservoir, but also for pedestrians. I can not imagine how the authorities think how a pedestrian could haul enough explosives onto the dam to seriously damage it. It is a shame!

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook 

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At the base of the dam
At the base of the dam
The Rising, in remembrance of the …
The Rising, in remembrance of the…
Historic picture of the village of…
Historic picture of the village o…
The southwest side of the dam
The southwest side of the dam
It is really huge! And note the sc…
It is really huge! And note the s…
The dam seen from one of the stone…
The dam seen from one of the ston…
The ponds at the dams base are st…
The ponds at the dam's base are s…
The Rising, in remembrance of the …
The Rising, in remembrance of the…
The Rising, in remembrance of the …
The Rising, in remembrance of the…
The old kensico Dam (photo: www.fl…
The old kensico Dam (photo: www.f…
The the current Kensico Dam superi…
The the current Kensico Dam super…
The Kensico Dam under construction…
The Kensico Dam under constructio…
Kensico Dam Plaza County Park - Valhalla - NY
photo by: mdalamers