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Waddington, New York

The photos on this page, unless otherwise noted, were generously provided by and used with permission of Rick Rutkowski.

Early Waddington with custom house, dairy, and railroad station
Early Waddington with custom house, dairy, and railroad station.
Picture of Waddington NY with dairy with newer smokestack, water tower, and railroad station.
Later picture with dairy with newer smokestack, water tower, and railroad station.
Photo of Welcome to Waddington sign
Welcome sign in present day Waddington, New York.

About Waddington, New York

Waddington, New York, is of interest to divers because part of the village’s original industrial area was flooded during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The text below is copied from the Wikipedia article.

Waddington is a village located in the Town of Waddington in St. Lawrence County, New York. The population was 972 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Joshua Waddington.

The Village of Waddington is at the northern edge of the town and is north of Canton.

The first settlers arrived around 1798.

The village was originally called “Hamilton” (after Alexander Hamilton), but was changed to Waddington in 1818. Joshua Waddington was a friend of Hamilton and one of the original landowners. The village was incorporated in 1839. When the Town of Waddington was formed afterwards, it adopted the name of the village.

During the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway part of the village needed to be relocated and some of the old industrial area was destroyed.

The Waddington Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Reference photos by Rick Rutkowski

Two left buoys mark dairy foundation. Right one marks old Rt 37.
Two left buoys mark the dairy foundation. The right one marks old Rt 37.
Picture that shows the three middle buoys mark dairy foundation. Left one marks station foundation.
Three middle buoys mark dairy foundation. The left one marks station foundation (off to the left).
Picture of buoy marking station foundation
Station foundation is left of buoy.
Buoy marks old Rt. 37.
Buoy marks old Rt. 37.
Old Rt 37 runs from behind barge to the right
Old Rt 37 runs from behind barge to the right.
Picture marking dairy site
Dairy site.
Size of milling wheel
Size of milling wheel.
Diver heading out to station site
Diver heading out to station site.
Seagulls on dairy foundation
Seagulls on dairy foundation.
Dairy foundation later in season
Dairy foundation later in season.
East side Clarks Point, first pulp dock might be middle right
East side Clarks Point. First pulp dock might be middle right.
Railroad station moved before river flooding
Railroad station moved before river flooding.
Station 2nd move, today located along Rt 37 east of Waddington as a hardware store
Second move of the station. Today it’s a hardware store and is located along Rt 37, east of Waddington.

Sketch of site by Rick Rutkowski

Looking over station and site of custom house, looking down over heading out to station site
Looking over station and site of custom house, looking down on.
Sketch shows looking at cribbing from Rt 37 head wall to custom house location
Looking at cribbing from Rt 37 head wall to custom house location.
Rt 37 head wall looking down on
Rt 37 head wall looking down on.
West side head wall Rt 37 and large tub
West side head wall Rt 37 and large tub.
Cut away from east to west, max depth 45 ft
Looking at cribbing from Rt 37 head wall to custom house location.
Looking down on custom house and railroad station, 12 milling wheels holding bank of pre-seaway river protecting dairy
Looking down on custom house and railroad station, 12 milling wheels holding bank of pre-seaway river protecting(?) dairy.
Sketch shows looking down on cribbing from bridge towards custom house
Looking down on cribbing from bridge towards custom house.