There is no stream in the state, or perhaps in the country, just like the Wallkill….(more)

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“Warwick in History” – The following is taken from notes compiled by Anne M. Brozdowski.

There is no stream in the state, or perhaps in the country, just like the Wallkill, which gets its name from the Waal River in the Netherlands. The Dutch name for river or creek is Kill. Thus came Wallkill.

The Wallkill is so crooked that in its flow of twenty miles from Hamberg to Denton it has a course of eighty miles. In that distance the entire fall is but eleven feet.

An old publication of 1797, THE AMERICAN GAZETEER, said that the Wallkill is a sluggish stream with 40,000 or 50,000 acres of land on its banks being overflowed a considerable part of the year, which exposes the inhabitants of the vicinity to intermittent fevers. It was suggested that the channel be deepened to prevent the land from being drowned and the people from sickness.