2015-04-26 - Old Croton Aqueduct Walk III - Part III
We rejoined the trail and walked the rural mile or so into Ossining.
Ossining is quite a large town and charming as well. We took the straight path to Sing Sing Kill Bridge on South Highland Ave.
A few people had to leave just before this amazing experience, quite unfortunate. Seeing the two people waving at us from the bridge, we walked to meet them.
They were Mavis Cain and Tom Tarnowsky, two absolutely wonderful people. Mavis is the president of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and has been deeply involved with it since seeing a sticker saying “Save the Aqueduct!” Tom has been doing this since he retired years ago, and I doubt you could find anyone more knowledgeable.
We saw the wheel that would have closed and opened the gate at this weir and the actual aqueduct itself where water used to flow.
It was an experience that no one will forget.
Workers blasted through bedrock to build a portion of this. About a mile north of us is where the aqueduct still runs, between New Croton Dam and Ossining. We learned a lot of the history from Tom. The day was growing late and we still had miles to go before we could sleep.