The Walking Tour in Montgomery County

Touring the North Chuctanunda Creek, Mr. Russell Dunn has contributed info on this.

A self-guided tour of the North Chuctanunda Creek.  There are 15 tour stops within the four mile (1-Way) starting from the point where the Creek enters the Mohawk River to the hamlet of Harrowers. There are 20 bridges and 11 dams and waterfalls. The canal was sometimes called “Clinton’s Ditch”. The North Chuctanunda Creek was sometimes called “Chuck”. Chuck’s sister stream is referring to the South Chuctanunda Creek.

I had a bit of trouble trying to match up the informational writeup with the listing of bridges and waterfalls/dams at the end, they do not seem to match up with the stops. It appears that possibly, with the rewrite, some pages may be missing or removed. I say this because the original link I had from many years ago, is no longer valid, and this is the one I found.

1. Bridge No. 1 over the Mohawk

Bridge #01 Over Mohawk Route 30 bridge, looking upstream you can see Amsterdam’s Lock 11.
Did you know all 57 locks of the barge canal are the same size? I did not know this.
Did you know 6 bridges were built here? 1821, a covered bridge in 1842, 1864, 1876, 1916 and then in 1972

2. Bridges No. 2 and 3 Main Street was formerly known as Veddersburg

Bridge #02 Tunnel Riverlink Park The field over the tunnel to the Mohawk River and the Route 5 East roadway is considered bridge #2.
Bridge #03 Bank Building, Parking Lot area behind Bank Building

3. Bridge No. 4 and Waterfall No. 1 Chuctanunda Street

Bridge #04 Small Bdg behind Wrestling Hall of Fame (The Bank Building and Main Street are part of bridge #4).
Did you know that the North Chuctanunda Creek flows under the Bank Building? The building was built over the creek.
Chuctanunda Street Waterfalls (Waterfall #1 and Bridge #4) Chuctanunda Street brick paving was done in 1892.

Baby Falls waterfalls #01 Behind Emmy Lou’s Restaurant, Chuctanunda Street, the smallest waterfall of 11.

4. Bridge No. 5 and 6 and Waterfalls No. 2 and 3 Kirk Douglas Park

Bridge #05 Look for baby waterfalls upstream and downstream
Bridge #06 Guy Park Extension bridge
Did you know Albert Vedder started Amsterdam? He built his first original grist mill here at Kirk Douglas Park.

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Kirk Douglas Park 1-14-2013_00006.jpg

 

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Kirk Douglas Park 1-14-2013_00007.jpg



Waterfall #02-Mamma Falls
Falls on both sides of the bridge

Kirk Douglas Park, Lower Falls, Montgomery County, New York
Kirk Douglas Park, Lower Falls, Montgomery County, New York

 

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Kirk Douglas Park 1-14-2013_00013.jpg


Waterfall #03 Pappa Falls

Kirk Douglas Park, Upper Falls, Montgomery County, New York
Kirk Douglas Park, Upper Falls, Montgomery County, New York

5. Bridge No. 7 Amsterdam City Hall

Bridge #07 Route 67 South Chuctanunda street

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Kirk Douglas Park 1-14-2013_00012.jpg

6. Bridge No. 8 and 9 and Waterfall No. 5 Sanford Carpet Mills (Noteworthy Indian Museum)

In 1983 a company called Coleco made the production of Cabbage Patch Dolls. I actually remember buying my daughter one.

Bridge #08 Prospect St
Fiber Glass Industries
Waterfall #05 Waterfall Below where Bunn Creek enters N.C. 

I believe I actually was on the backside of this building.

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140490

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140491

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140492

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140493

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140494

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140495

Bridge #09 a mill that is over the creek

Bridge #10 Willow St

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140498

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140500

 

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Amsterdam 2013 p1140501

7. Dam No. 5 Noteworthy Company and Green Hill Cemetery and the former Sanford Pond

Waterfall/Dam #05 Sanford Dam remains (this may be the ones in the above photos.)
Noteworthy first product was the “Travel Tissue Pack”. 

8. Bridge No. 13 and Dam No. 6 Willow St

Bridge #10 plaque (old train track, Kellogg’s dam)

4th Avenue Dam and Falls, Montgomery County, New York
4th Avenue Dam and Falls, Montgomery County, New York

 

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Pulaski Memorial Brdg 2013 p1140503

Bridge #13 Second Ave
Waterfall/Dam #06 back of former Kellogg & Miller Linseed Oil Mill

9. Bridges No. 11 and 12 Five Corners former AC&N R.R.

Bridge #11
Bridge #12
Pulaski Memorial Bridge

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Pulaski Memorial Brdg 2013 p1140506

 

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Pulaski Memorial Brdg 2013 p1140507

 

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Pulaski Memorial Brdg 2013 p1140508

 

From this point on, I do not have anything to contribute. I actually ran out of time and headed for home.

Former Smeallie & Voories Paper mill on Forest Ave.
Smeallie Dam Flat Rock Park
Veterans Park on Locust Ave.

10. Dam No. 7 Stewart’s Dam and Giant Potholes, Elks Club

Waterfall/Dam #07 Stewart’s Dam below Elks Club

11. Bridge No. 13 Amsterdam, Chuctanunda and Northern Railroad Path

Belmont Avenue Falls Smeallie Dam Waterfall

12. Waterfall and/or Dam No. 8 and 9, Bridge Nos. 14, 15, 16 Mohawk Carpet Mills, Upper

Bridge #14
Bridge #15
Bridge #16 Forest Ave
Maxwell Dam and Falls above old power house
Lyon Street Falls

13. Dam No. 10 and Bridge Nos. 17, 18, and 19 Rock City, Rockton

Rockton Dam upstream from forest ave bridge
17-Bridge #17 Clizbe ave.
18-Bridge #18 Hewitt St
19-Bridge #19 Cresent St 
Old Grist Mill Dam or Penny Pool Dam 

14. Dam No. 11 Shuttleworth Park

Shuttleworth Park skating dam remains

15. Bridge No. 20 Harrower’s

Bridge #20 Pioneer Street Bridge

Harrower Dam #1 Harrower Pond Dam and Falls 10′
Harrower Lower Dam
Harrower Mill Dam
Hagaman Mill Dam Falls,
Oscone Park, Harrower Lower Dam Roadside view Parking Lot On Mill St. At the end of the reservoir is a 10 ft dam. https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/10884/

 

 

 

 

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