The Hudson River is a 315-mile river that
flows from north to south through eastern New York State and forms the
border between New York City and New Jersey at its mouth before emptying
into the Atlantic Ocean.
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1. It is named for Henry Hudson, an Englishman
sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609.
2. The official source of the Hudson is Lake Tear
of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains. However, the waterway from
the lake is known as Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River, feeding
into the Hudson at Tahawus. The actual Hudson River begins several miles
north of Tahawus at Henderson Lake.
3. Where does the Mohawk River join the Hudson
4. There is a manmade dam built across the Hudson
River, near Troy, New York. The major function of the dam is to improve
navigability. It is located at mile 153 of the Hudson River, measuring
from the beginning of the Hudson as a Federally Navigable Waterway near
the Battery in Manhattan. The location of the dam marks the northern end
of the Hudson River estuary. What is the name of the manmade dam?
- Hudson River Dam
- Federal Dam
- Mile 153 Dam
5. The canal ended at the Hudson at Kingston,
running southwest to the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania. What
was the canal?
- Hard Coal and Hudson Canal
- Delaware and Hudson Canal
- New York Canal Company
6. What is NOT a notable landmark on
- West Point
- Vassar College
- Fort Ticonderoga
7. The original Erie Canal, opened to connect the
Hudson with Lake Erie, emptied into the Hudson at the Albany Basin, just
three miles south of the dam in Troy (at mile 134). When did it open?
8. On September 14, 1901, then-Vice President
Theodore Roosevelt was at Lake Tear of the Clouds after returning from a
hike. He leaned President William McKinley had taken a turn for the
worse. Where did he hike?
- Mount Marcy summit
- Mount Clarabelle summit
- Mount Teddy summit
9. A tidal strait between the New York City
boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn, connects the upper and lower
sections of New York Bay. It has long been considered the maritime
"gateway" to New York City and historically has been the most
important entrance into the harbor. What is the name of this tidal
- The Strait
- The Narrows
- The Gateway
10. On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549
bound for Charlotte, NC made an emergency ditching onto the Hudson River
beside lower Manhattan Island with 150 passengers and 5 crew members.
All passengers were safely rescued, though some passengers suffered
minor injuries from the initial impact with the water. It has been
confirmed that multiple bird strikes on both engines were the cause.