Home to a community of hardworking farmers and mill workers, the village of Delta stood along the banks of the Mohawk River until it was evacuated by the state to raise the water in the Erie Canal. Before the flooding of the river, Delta was a small country village with the same postmaster for over 30 years and families farming the same land for generations. In order to raise the water, the state approved the construction of five reservoirs across New York. The town was evacuated soon after, and the land that generations of residents toiled over now sits at the bottom of Lake Delta.
Author Bio: Mary J. Centro is a native of the Rome and Lake Delta area. She became interested in the village of Delta as a child when she was told stories of the lost community. Through extensive research, she has compiled many vintage images of the lost community in this book. She is currently the town clerk of Western and the part-time administrative assistant of the Rome Historical Society.
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