The Racquette River: 1950's Hydro Development [S-23-28]

Presenter:Mary Jane Watson
Location: SUNY Potsdam: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 10:00 AM 03/20

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The Racquette River served Northern New York not only by bringing logs to down-river sawmills but also by providing electric power to run the sawmills.  Beginning in the 1920s, local power companies sought to further harness the river between Hollywood and South Colton.  Various plans were advanced, but it remained for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation to build six dams and five powerhouses.  With this hydro development and the St. Lawrence Seaway project, St. Lawrence County was a booming place during the 1950s. 

Mary Jane Watson is a Retired CPA, a member of the Colton Historical Society and of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.

Cap: 40

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