Irondequoit Creek

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Irondequoit Creek
Irondequoit Creek in Ellison Park.jpg
Irondequoit Creek in the town of Penfield, New York.
Country United States
State New York
Tributaries
 - left Allen Creek
 - right Trout Creek, Thomas Creek
Source
 - coordinates 42°55′49″N 77°31′40″W / 42.93028°N 77.52778°W / 42.93028; -77.52778
Mouth Irondequoit Bay
 - coordinates 43°10′39″N 77°31′32″W / 43.17750°N 77.52556°W / 43.17750; -77.52556Coordinates: 43°10′39″N 77°31′32″W / 43.17750°N 77.52556°W / 43.17750; -77.52556

Irondequoit Creek is a stream in eastern Monroe County, New York that feeds Irondequoit Bay. It actually begins in rural West Bloomfield in Ontario County, flowing north into the town of Mendon in Monroe County. Accumulating a few small tributaries, it twists eastward back into the Ontario County town of Victor, then back north into Monroe County, where it flows through the towns of Perinton and Penfield on its way to the bay. It also skirts the edge of the combined town/village of East Rochester.

The creek is believed to lie in a valley carved out by a pre-glacial Genesee River, which at the time would have flowed into Lake Ontario where Irondequoit Bay does today. Glacial debris caused the river to be rerouted as the glaciers retreated, leaving only the comparatively tiny creek (Rogers 1893).

The first settlements in the town of Penfield sprang up along the creek, as its waters were well suited to mills. The Daisy Flour Mill is the last of over a dozen mills that once used the creek's waters.

The creek's valley caused a problem for the engineers of the original Erie Canal, who ultimately had to build the Great Embankment aqueduct to bridge the valley near Bushnell's Basin (Fairchild 1896:134, Farley 2010, Schoff:505).

References[edit]

  • Fairchild, Herman L. (1896-02-03), "Kame areas in Western New York south of Irondequoit and Sodus bays", The Journal of Geology 4 (2): 129–59, doi:10.1086/607458, ISSN 0022-1376 
  • Schoff, Wilfred H. (1915), "The New York State Barge Canal. Part II", Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 47 (7): 498–508, doi:10.2307/201433, ISSN 0190-5929 

"Irondequoit Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-04-30.