Day 1150

Baisley Pond

February 22nd, 2015

Originally a dammed mill pond created in the 1700s, Baisley Pond was acquired in 1852 by the then-independent city of Brooklyn for use as a municipal water source. In 1858, as workers were cleaning out vegetation and peat from the bottom of the pond, they found teeth and bone fragments from a mastodon — the first documented discovery of mastodon remains in what is now New York City.

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