The village name Croton-on-Hudson reflects the meeting of the Croton and Hudson Rivers. On the Croton River, six miles from its intersection with the Hudson, is the Croton Dam. The dam is often referred to as the New Croton Dam, because the original attempts to build it failed disastrously mid-way through construction. The New Croton Dam, however, is a grandiose and beautiful monument to the perseverance of the designers. The New Croton Dam was completed in 1906, having taken about 14 years to build. Today the dam and Croton Aqueduct system still service the area.