of the Delaware
Delaware River starts on the western slopes of the Catskill Mountains
in eastern New York. The river consists of two branches: the West
Branch and the East Branch. The West Branch flows southwest to Deposit,
New York and then turns southeast to Hancock, New York, where it
forms the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania. The East Branch
parallels the course of the West Branch above Deposit and the two
branches meet at Hancock. From that point the Delaware flows south
and continues to border New York and Pennsylvania as far south as
Port Jervis, New York. From there it becomes the boundary between
Pennsylvania and New Jersey all the way the the Delaware Bay.
have been many historic battles fought along the Delaware, but none
more important than on the evening of December 25, 1776, when George
Washington led his troops across the Delaware. The next day, he
and his troops defeated German mercenaries allied with the British
at the Battle of Trenton.
the Civil War there was a great train wreck along the river in Pike
County carrying 600 confederate prisoners. Sixty five confederate
prisoners were killed and many escaped.
Delaware River is particularly scenic along the New York and Pennsylvania
border. This area is known as the Upper Delaware. In addition, the
area between Stroudsburg and Port Jervis is spectacular. This area
is known as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Delaware Water Gap is a gorge that has 1,200 foot cliffs on each
side of the river and is one of the scenic wonders in the eastern
United States. The gorge has a long cultural history starting when
native Americans first lived in the river valley about 8,000 BC.