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Bridgewater, New York

Posted by graywacke on March 31, 2009

First timer? In this once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” above.

Dan – Oh, all right, so, after my incredible USer string, I now have two OSers in a row. First (of course) MT, now, my most common NE OSer . . . NY; 34/28; 7/10; 25; 163.0.

So, I landed in the Beaver Ck watershed (29th uniquely-named Beaver watershed); on to a new river, the Unadilla, on to the Susquehanna 17th hit); underneath the I-95 bridge near Havre De Grace MD; and on to the Chesapeake Bay.

Here’s a pretty shot of the Unadilla:


Here’s my landing map, showing proximity to Bridgewater :


And, a broader view:


A little history:

BRIDGEWATER was founded in 1797. The surface is uneven, consisting of the valley of the west branch of the Unadilla, which runs through it from north to south, and the adjacent hills. This valley is known as “Bridgewater Flats.” These Flats are celebrated for their fertility and are highly cultivated. In the north-east part is a quarry of excellent limestone, for building purposes. The quarry extends over some 300 or 400 acres, and lies about thirty feet higher than the flats opposite.

The valley of the West Branch of the Unadilla River has been filled to a great depth with glacial drift (i.e., glacially-deposited sediments), and no rock is found within a great depth from the surface. Cedar swamps extend along many of the streams.

Bridgewater contains two churches and about. 300 inhabitants.

Here’s a cool round barn in Bridgewater:


And an old farm:


Just outside of Bridgewater is Chittning Pond:


Gatesdale Dairy Bar used to be in Bridgewater. Check out their catchy sign:


Here’s a little history on the sign:

The Gatesdale Diner was originally the Gatesdale Dairy Bar. Its previously flashing milk bottle sign is from 1941 when the place opened. The bottle once had “Gatesdale” painted in script. In 2006, they closed and the building was taken over by Dominick’s Italian Bistro. The sign was repainted to represent a wine bottle pouring into a glass.

Here’s the latest version:




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