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Ellicott Creek
Williamsville, NY

October 2017 photos on this page are of Ellicott Creek on the south side of Main Street


View south

Ellicott Creek Dam.
View south across the Creek towards Williamsville Island Park.

"Jonas] Williams repaired and operated the original sawmill [later named Dodge Mill] on the east side of the falls until 1811, when he built an improved mill [Williamsville Water Mill]  on the west side with a 12-foot overshot water wheel fed by a raceway from a stone dam built on the south side of Main Street – the same raceway which serves the mill today.

"In 1814 Jonas Williams sold the mills on both sides of the creek, his water rights and his remaining property on the north side of Main Street to Juba Storrs & Co., a Buffalo merchant. Storrs owned the property until 1827. As part of the purchase arrangement, Storrs was required to make modifications to the dam to lower the level of the raceway and to create a second raceway for the east side mill; these improvements had the effect of reducing flooding on the lands still owned by Williams on the south side of Main Street." - Bero Architecture P.C., Historic Structure Report - Williamsville Water Mill

View south

Top of the dam.

Village of Williamsville workers prepare to change the height of the dam for early winter months.

Note the height of the dam bay where they are standing

Hooking onto the bay boards

Water level has been temporarily changed

View south   ...   Island Park at left   ...   Island Park bridge out of sight in this photo

View towards the Island Park bridge.

View south at the tip of Island park where the Creek divides into two channels   ...   The dam is located further north on the left channel   ...   A slightly different angle below:

View West, taken from Island park
View north, taken from Island Park

View north, taken from Island Park

View north, taken from Island Park   ...   Note brown fence at left, detail below:

This is the beginning of a raceway that provided power to a mill farther north on the Creek

Page by Chuck LaChiusa in 2017
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