Scope and Content Note

Printed testimony heard by the Canal Appraisers at Utica in 1869 concerns claims against the state for damages incurred by rupture of the dam at the North Lake Reservoir on the Black River in the winter of 1869.

The Canal Appraisers conducted their inquiry pursuant to legislation of 1869. The testimony is in three parts, bound in two volumes. There is extensive hydrologic and engineering data concerning the dam and reservoir and the flood which followed the bursting of the dam. The testimony also gives considerable information about mills, bridges, and other property damaged by the flood. Accompanying the testimony is a brief on behalf of the state, printed in 1871.