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Ithaca in Tompkins County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Buttermilk Falls

A Small Part of a Grand Watershed

 
 
Buttermilk Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2017
1. Buttermilk Falls Marker
Inscription.  For 12,000 years, Buttermilk Creek has splashed down the hill, gradually shaping its lovely glen and waterfalls in the rocks older than dinosaurs.

The water of Buttermilk Falls begins its journey six miles south of here at Jennings Pond in Michigan Hollow. From the pond, Buttermilk Creek winds through pastures and woodlands until it reaches the brim of the Cayuga Valley. From there, the creek plunges through Buttermilk Glen under cliffs, through pools, and over hundreds of rock ledges.

The water dancing down Buttermilk Falls will soon enter the Cayuga Inlet on the other side of the highway behind you. From there, it will flow three miles through the City of Ithaca to enter Cayuga Lake. The water of Buttermilk Falls, along with the water from all of Ithaca's gorges, may remain in Cayuga Lake for ten years.

Eventually, the water of Buttermilk Falls will leave the north end of Cayuga Lake via the Seneca River to mix with the water flowing from six other Finger Lakes. The Seneca River enters the Oswego River, which will take the water to Lake Ontario. After six years, the water of Buttermilk Falls will
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leave Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River to reach the Atlantic Ocean.


 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 42° 24.994′ N, 76° 31.262′ W. Marker is in Ithaca, New York, in Tompkins County. Marker can be reached from East Buttermilk Falls Road, 0.1 miles east of Elmira Road (New York State Route 96) when traveling east. Marker is located just inside the Buttermilk Falls State Park entrance, overlooking the pool in front of the falls. Marker is center of three interpretive panels overlooking the falls. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 East Buttermilk Falls Road, Ithaca NY 14850, 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. Buttermilk's Rugged Rocks are Recycled Mountains (here, next to this marker); Glaciers Cut the Valley; the Creek Cut the Gorge (here, next to this marker); C.C.C. CO. #1265 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coreorgonel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tutelo Indians (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fisher’s Tavern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Inclined Plane (approx. 1˝ miles away); Military Lots (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ithaca.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Buttermilk Falls
 
Buttermilk Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2017
2. Buttermilk Falls Marker
Marker is center of three interpretive panels overlooking the falls.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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