Bronx River Parkway

Bronx River bet. Burke Ave. and the New York City-Westchester Line


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The 23-mile Bronx River winds down through southern Westchester County and the Bronx creating a peaceful corridor of green.  Called Aquehung or “River of High Bluffs” by the Mohegan Indians who lived and fished along it, the river attracted European traders, farmers, and millers in the 1600s and 1700s.  The construction of the New York Central Railroad in the 1840s turned the valley into an industrial corridor, and by the end of the 19th century the Bronx River had degenerated into what one official commission called “an open sewer.”        

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