The Hidden Life of CNY’s Delta Lake
We all know the story of Atlantis, right? Well, New York may just have its own little version.
If you've ever been to Delta Lake, you know it's just like any old lake by the looks of it. In reality, this average, run-of-the-mill lake actually had a whole life of its own at the turn of the 20th century.
Delta Lake was named after the town of Delta, upon which the lake now resides. The little town was located right along the Mohawk River, and it was eventually flooded in order to create a reservoir in the early 1900's.
The crazy part about this story is that the flood was intentional. Can you imagine planning to say goodbye to your town? What about your home or church? The residents of Delta needed to pack up their whole lives and start again somewhere new, and the town their children grew up in would soon be 22 feet underwater.
Another creepy facet to this tale is that buildings and houses are rumored to still exist at the bottom of the lake. The next time you go swimming, just try to imagine a town frozen in time beneath you.
If you ever see a piece of wood floating in Delta Lake, it may actually be a relic of its past life.