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Enfield Falls, near Ithaca, c. 1900

Enfield Falls
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_EnA_full_jpg
Document Description
A man stands at the base of Enfield Falls near Ithaca, New York, circa 1900.
Where in New York State can one find a waterfall?
How were the waterfalls created?
Why do you think the man was asked to be in the picture?
Historical Challenges
What is a more popular name for the waterfall in this photograph? In which state park is it located? Did the park exist at the time this photograph was taken?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Science: Investigate the impact of glaciers in New York State during the Ice Age.
English Language Arts: Write a newspaper article persuading people to visit a waterfall of your choice in New York State.
Donnelly, Andrew. Waterfalls. Chanhassen, MN: Child's World, 1999. ISBN: 1567664873.
Fowler, Allan. The Wonder of a Waterfall. New York: Children's Press, 1999. ISBN: 0516208136.
Freeman, Rich. 200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York: A Finders' Guide. Fishers, NY: Footprint Press, 2002. ISBN: 1930480016

Historical Context
New York State is the home of many breathtaking waterfalls.  They can be found in all different regions of the state.  The origin of the waterfalls stems from the Ice Age and movement of glaciers throughout the area.
Essential Question
How does geography impact culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain how this water source influenced New York's culture and economy.