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Mount Morris in Livingston County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Why Was This Dam Built?

 
 
Why Was This Dam Built? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2017
1. Why Was This Dam Built? Marker
Inscription.  Mount Morris Dam was built to provide flood protection to the farm lands, residential areas, and commercial and industrial development in the Genesee River Valley from the dam site north through Metropolitan Rochester to Lake Ontario. Prior to its completion in 1952, a major flood ravaged this picturesque valley about once every seven years.

Built at a cost of $25 million, the dam proved its value during Tropical Storm "Agnes" in June 1972. While other areas of the northeast suffered tremendous destruction from the storm, Mount Morris Dam prevented an estimated $210 million in flood damages, most of it in the Rochester Metropolitan Area. During this storm, the water rose to the top of the dam, creating a lake which extended 15 miles upstream through Letchworth State Park.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Location. 42° 43.877′ N, 77° 54.362′ W. Marker is in Mount Morris, New York, in Livingston County. Marker can be reached from Visitor Center Road 1.8 miles north of Mount Morris Nunda Road (State Route
Why Was This Dam Built? Marker  <i>wide view<br>(marker is the back panel of this kiosk)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2017
2. Why Was This Dam Built? Marker wide view
(marker is the back panel of this kiosk)
408). Marker is located in an interpretive kiosk along the walkway in front of the Mount Morris Dam & Recreation Area Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mount Morris NY 14510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dam Facts (here, next to this marker); Mount Morris Dam Commemorative Kiosk (here, next to this marker); The Largest Dry Bed Dam East of the Mississippi River (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Morris Dam (approx. mile away); Francis Bellamy Memorial Park (approx. 1 miles away); Mary S. Howell (approx. 1 miles away); John W. Powell (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of De-Yu-It-Ga-Oh (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Morris.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mount Morris Dam
 
Also see . . .  Mt. Morris Dam & the Flood of 1972. After crashing through the Lower Falls area, the waters headed north. They flooded the old abandoned village of St. Helena, the valley at Gardeau where Mary Jemison once lived, and covered the fields at Smokey Hollow. The Mt. Morris Dam lay ahead... (Submitted on December 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. DisastersMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Mount Morris Dam<br>(<i>view from overlook near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2017
3. Mount Morris Dam
(view from overlook near marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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