A few weeks back I was out exploring Croton Dam which is an abandoned hydro electric dam just south of Delhi Ontario. Croton’s hydro electric dam ruins are well hidden deep in the Big Creek Valley Conservation area and its a bit of a hike to reach it. To reach this abandoned hydro electric dam, you have to walk down a very step path until you reach the ruins. It is perched half way down a steep ravine and you must watch were you walk otherwise you could find yourself falling down the side of the 3 story structure. Construction of the Croton Dam started in 1906, the dam was completed and fully operational by spring 1907. Later that year in December, high water levels in the reservoir caused the dam to break and it had to be rebuilt stronger.
After several years of trouble free hydro generating, on April 27 1937 severe flooding caused by spring run off destroyed the dam and washed it down river. The dam was abandoned shorting there after and stated its slow decay. There is much left of the dam to explore include the remains of the dam itself and the concrete shell of the building that house the hydro generating equipment. If you walk upstream you can find bits of concrete from the dam for miles. This is a beautiful heritage site and provided the people of Delhi and surrounding area with electricity for almost 30 years.
Here is an HD video tour of Croton Dam Ruins.
The GPS Coordinates of the dam is: 42.820417897730515, -80.50805649720132