In July 1935, a devastating flood ravaged the people of the Chenango River valley. Thousands of families were left homeless, communities were destroyed, people died in the flood waters and millions of dollars in damage undermined the region.
Calls for flood protection led the Army Corps of Engineers to construct the Whitney Point Dam in the 1940s on the West Otselic River in the village of Whitney Point in Broome County. The dam served to protect the people and communities below and left the upper area to be developed into Dorchester Park, part of Broome County Government’s large park system.
On the site of a historic disaster, Dorchester Park now offers visitors the beauty of its lake, swimming and boating facilities, picnic grounds, and beautiful vistas at this destination along New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
The Broome County Historical Society