On Eastern Boulevard/NY 3 at the eastern edge of the
city of Watertown, Delano Island is in view upstream of
the bridge over the Black River. This drop is
Pamelia/Rutland/City of Watertown
||N 43° 58' 34"
||W 75° 52' 23"
||Just east of the city of Watertown
|Length of hike:
Although this location is visible from the bridge, there is no
parking on it so you will have to park on either side and walk
to it. Having said that, this area is now a dam so there
isn't much to see in terms of a waterfall.
The city of
Watertown got its name from the significant sources of power
from the Black River. We have found on-line historical
references to "many falls throughout
the city" but the accounts don't specify where the falls are.
Today, there are dams at virtually all of them, including Great
Falls, the only known waterfall in the city. We
have often suspected that many of these drops were waterfalls
and are constantly looking for references to, or pictures of
We recently found a reference in an on-line history
of Jefferson County to Delano, or Delano's, Falls. This
account didn't specify where the waterfall was, but Delano
Island is located just outside the eastern boundary of the city
and is one of many islands in the Black River within or near the
city of Watertown.
Today, there are dams on either side
of this island and another drop just below it where the river
enters a channel supplying water to the city's electrical power
plant. We suspect that this drop was, or is, Delano's
Falls and are pursuing research to substantiate that fact.
If our suspicions are correct, this drop is actually just within
the city limits.
We are also working on relocating those
on-line sources to properly credit them. We literally
stumbled upon them while looking for something else and didn't
take adequate notes.
The Black River empties into Lake Ontario at the Black River
Bay, just southwest of the village of Dexter.
February 24, 2017