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Building the Ashokan Reservoir – a History by Frank Almquist, Historian
May 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rosendale Library Presents:
Wednesday May 9, 2018
Rosendale Community Center
1055 Rt 32
Contact: Sue Horowitz“Building the Ashokan Reservoir- a History“
Frank Almquist, Historian
In 1913, the Olivebridge Dam was sealed. It created the reservoir which provides New York City with up to 40 percent of its fresh water. The story begins in 1899, when surveyors chose the site along the Esopus Creek. But it was also home to more than 2,300 residents. Almquist describes the engineering feat of the century using modern techniques and local material, and how the building of the Ashokan Reservoir impacted its engineers, workers and residents. Back by popular demand.