The Headwaters of the Tioughnioga River
Backstory and Context
On the historical marker the use of the phrase “early pioneers” in the sentence “A favorite stopping place for early pioneers” suggests that they were the first people to discover this land. The historic marker was placed in 1932 and reinforced the idea that this was their land and not Onondaga territory, although this was untrue. This river was also known for its flooding. Residents who were “tired of waiting for government action in flood control” decided to take it upon themselves to strengthen the dam. In 1961, $355,000 was set aside for flood control on the river. Aside from the problems of flooding, the effects people had on the river were terrifying. It had become a common sight to see collections of debris along the bank of the river. The community would seek to preserve the beauty and potential of the river by promoting river clean ups.