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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Mohawk River Potholes

[This information is from Vol. I, p. 79 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Photo of a Mohawk River pothole.

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Photo: Mohawk River pothole with a man standing inside and a small dog nearby.

Photo of a deep spot in the Mohawk River covering a pothole.

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Photo: The river's water here covers a giant pothole, said to be 150 feet deep, which marks the site of the great glacial cataract of the great Iromohawk, which carved out the Little Falls Gorge. The inlet into the old canal of 1797 is just around the corner of the low right hand cliff, and just below the lower falls. Moss Island on the left, the Rollaway in the distance. Seen from Central Railroad and Mohawk Turnpike.

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