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Council Rock

 
 
Council Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
1. Council Rock Marker
Inscription.
Council Rock
Famous meeting place
of the Indians

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 42.073′ N, 74° 55.235′ W. Marker is in Cooperstown, New York, in Otsego County. Marker is on River Street near Lake Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is set on a masonry pier at the top of a flight of steps which descend to the edge of Otsego Lake in Council Rock Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cooperstown NY 13326, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clinton's Dam (a few steps from this marker); General Clinton's Dam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Croghan (about 700 feet away); Site of the First National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction (about 800 feet away); Indian Grave (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oldest Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Doubleday Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Natty Bumpo" (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cooperstown.
 
Regarding Council Rock. Council Rock is a glacial deposit that rises just above the surface of Otsego Lake at the headwaters of the Susquehanna river.
Council Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
2. Council Rock Marker
Corner of Lake and River Street in Cooperstown. Marker is to the left of the street sign post on the stone pier at the top of the steps.
From here the Susquehanna flows over 400 miles through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland before meeting the Chesapeake Bay. In the earlier days of the nineteenth century the landmark was called Otsego Rock until about 1870, when many areas around the lake were given names inspired by James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales.

In 1937 a short flight of stairs and a landing at the edge of the lake was built by the Cooperstown Lake and Valley Garden Club. Twenty years after that a piece of land was given by Paul F. Cooper, grandson of James Fenimore Cooper, to form Council Rock Park.
 
Additional keywords. Otsego, Cooperstown History
 
Categories. LandmarksNative Americans
 
Council Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, September 19, 2015
3. Council Rock Marker
Freshly Painted Marker.
Council Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, September 19, 2015
4. Council Rock Marker
Another view of Council Rock (with a visitor).
Council Rock Marker & Otsego Lake image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 23, 2016
5. Council Rock Marker & Otsego Lake
Council Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
6. Council Rock Marker
The Concil Rock marker is on the left of the stairway leading to the landing at the edge of Otsego lake in Council Rock Park.
Council Rock Postcard image. Click for full size.
Collection of Joe Connors
7. Council Rock Postcard
Otsego Lake and Council Rock image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
8. Otsego Lake and Council Rock
Council Rock Park image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 10, 2011
9. Council Rock Park
A couple enjoys the serenity of Council Rock Park at the edge of Otsego Lake with the landmark Council Rock just off shore.
 
 
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