About Croton-on-Hudson, New York, and the New Croton Dam


In 2017, Dam Good™ English Muffins was founded in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, while our company brand name, Dam Good™ English Muffins, was inspired by the New Croton Dam, located in Cortlandt, New York.

Photo: Senasqua Park as seen from Elliott Way

Per the Village of Croton-on-Hudson's Web site, "incorporated in 1898, the Village is approximately five square miles. The Croton River and Hudson River meet and form the Village's boundaries to the South, East and West. The Village's topography includes low lying areas along the Hudson River and Route 9; the Croton River Gorge; and a plateau at the Village's northern boundary that reaches elevations up to 600 feet within a mile of the Hudson (view on Google Google maps).

In 1976 the recorded population was 7,500 residents. Although by 1990 its population had declined slightly to 7,018, the Village has grown to 7,606 residents as of the 2000 Census. Croton-on-Hudson has continued to evolve as a suburban village with a thriving artistic community and has retained the rich cultural diversity that dates back to its early settlement."

And according to Westchester Magazine, Croton-on-Hudson, "part of the town of Cortlandt, is a small River Village is home to restaurants, local businesses, and a wonderful arts-centric community. Art programs, such as the Croton Academy of Arts, are heavily attended, as is the annual Summerfest festival, which is an all-day affair that hosts crafters and musicians from the local area. Though a small village without many frills, Croton offers its community a unique and vibrant feel unmatched by any other area in the County."

Photo © Marty Umans: The New Croton Dam

Neighboring Croton-on-Hudson, in Cortlandt, and now part of the Westchester County park system, "the Old Croton Dam, built to supply New York City with water, was the first large masonry dam in the United States. Completed in 1842, it was the prototype for many municipal water supply dams in the east during the mid-nineteenth century. The city’s needs, however, soon outgrew the Croton Dam water supply. Consequently, work began on the New Croton Dam, also called the Cornell Dam because of its location on land purchased from A.B. Cornell, in 1893. Completed in 1907, the Cornell Dam stands over 200 feet high. The Croton Reservoir has a capacity of about 34 billion gallons of water with a watershed covering 177 square miles."

For information about visiting the New Croton Dam, located at 35 Yorktown Rd, Cortlandt, NY 10520, please visit: https://parks.westchestergov.com/croton-gorge-park.

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