Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens
Students crossing this bridge pass by a dam designed and built by Ezra Cornell years before he founded Cornell University. Look toward Beebe Lake to see the dam, built in 1838 to power a plaster mill owned by Jeremiah Beebe. The power of Fall Creek is still used today to generate 2% of the University’s electricity via a hydroelectric plant a short distance downstream. The University set a goal to upgrade this plant and increase its electric production by 20% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Botanic Gardens: Beebe Lake