Talk: Proposed Dams on The Upper Hudson River

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Proposed Upper Hudson River DamsMike Prescott often jokes that “someone has to be the dam historian,” because that’s what he’s become – the historian of the various dams in the Adirondacks.

Now the Warrensburgh Historical Society is hosting a presentation by Prescott, “Proposed Dams on The Upper Hudson River” on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Richards Library Community Event Room, Warrensburg, NY.

Prescott will describe the various attempts to harness the Upper Hudson River from late 1800’s to the mid-1960’s. An avid canoe paddler and a former history teacher and secondary school principal who found a new retirement avocation in paddling Adirondack waters and exploring their history, he is also a regular contributor to Adirondack Almanack.

He has researched proposed dams on the Hudson, Schroon and Upper Raquette rivers and is currently working on those on the Sacandaga and Moose. Most of these dams would have been constructed to alleviate flooding in the spring and to prevent droughts in the summer and fall, others would have provided hydroelectric power. If these dams had been constructed, the Adirondacks would look far different today.

Map of proposed dams on the Upper Hudson by Richard Rosen.

One thought on “Talk: Proposed Dams on The Upper Hudson River

  1. Avon

    That Gooley Dam proposal (1965) is about the scariest thing I’ve ever seen!

    The lake it created could possibly have been lovely, just as Indian Lake itself ain’t too bad … but what would have been lost is far more awesome. Thank God for a bit of human wisdom and restraint (or, was it just lack of construction funds, perhaps??).

    Who needs horror movies, when we can see this map?


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