Croton Reservoir Dam - 07 Nov 2015
Building the dam required excavation to a depth of 131 feet to find solid bedrock footings. The 200-foot-long steel arch bridge spans across a sideways spillway with a set of stone steps set 90 degrees to the dam’s face. Located in Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., it was completed in 1906 (the term "new" in its name is relative). The dam is among the most impressive man-made structures in the Northeast and boasts a majestic waterfall-like spillway, a sprawling retaining wall and an aerial bridge that offers a close-up view of the dam's rushing torrents. It's also said to be the third largest hand-hewn structure in the world, trailing only the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Wall of China. Croton Gorge Park, at the base of the dam, is a free, public, 97-acre park operated by Westchester County. The road over the dam is open only to pedestrians and cyclists.
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