The Great Katonah Move of 1897

Katonah, NYC Resevoir, Olmstead…

In the 1890′s New York City had a need to create a reservoir system to provide a larger fresh water supply to fulfill its increasing needs. They decided to build a new dam and holding area for the water. They declared its right of eminent domain over the original Katonah and an area known as Whitlockville and intended to flood the town with the Croton River. The headlines of 1893 asked “Will Katonah Be Deserted?”, “The New York Times” declared “Destruction to Katonah”.

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