The Ashokan Reservoir...what a treat
By Patrice Estess
Living here in Ulster County, we are blessed with many beautiful sites. Among them is the Ashokan Reservoir.A Bit of History...In the early 20th century, New York City turned to the Catskills for water after discovering a group calling itself the Ramapo Water Company had bought up the rights to many water sources further south in Rockland, Orange and Ulster counties. The Catskills were more desirable as state-owned Forest Preserve land in the region could not, under the state constitution, be sold to any other party. Residents of the area to be flooded did not take kindly to the idea, and fought eminent domain proceedings bitterly. They were aided by local lawyers familiar with the checkered history of Catskill land claims. It saddens me that generations of people were kicked off their...