THREE VILLAGES DOOMED.

THREE VILLAGES DOOMED.

Three more of the picturesque villages in Northern Westchester are soon to be obliterated to meet the ever-increasing demand of New York city for water. They are Croton Falls, on the New York and Harlem railway; Cross River, and a part of the town of Somers. The houses, churches, stores, shops, even the cemeteries are to be blotted out by two lakes, each about four miles long. The first of the villages to go will be Cross River, where the erection of an immense dam, to cost $3,000,000, is under way. The dam and reservoir will require not only the condemnation of the village, but the taking of seventyeight farms, containing 1,000 acres. At Croton Falls a large machine shop will lie wiped out. It operated an electric light plant and, with the extinction of their plant the villages of Croton Falls, Purdy’s, Carmel and Brewsters will be left in darkness, unless other arrangements are made. The Local Falls dam will cost about $5,000,000. The village was founded in Revolutionary times and was famous generations ago for its paper manufactories. The flooding of the valley will necessitate the removal of four miles of the New York and Harlem railway tracks to higher ground. It is estimated that this work will cost $1,000,000 alone.

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