In your exploration of Hudson history, what have you learned about the construction of the two roadways, which also function as the dams establishing (or perhaps enhancing) Oakdale Lake and Underhill Pond? Did the ponds actually preexist the dams, or were they instead part of a natural watercourse down through that canyonlike topography?Tonight, quite by accident, Gossips discovered, in the Hudson Evening Register for January 9, 1916, the first bit of evidence to answer that question.
This little news item, which appeared on the last page of the newspaper that day, not only announces that skating is fine on Oakdale Lake and promotes skating on the lake, where the ice is "as smooth as a piece of glass," as superior to skating on the river, where it is "rough and windy," or on Underhill Pond, "where there is an open spot where ice is being taken out," but also, incidentally, reveals the origin of Oakdale Lake: "It's the artificial lake which was made this summer on the Farrand & Watson building tract just above Underhill pond."
Some sleuthing through the newspapers from the summer of 1915 seems in order.
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