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Irondequoit Creek is a stream in eastern Monroe County, New Yorkmarker that feeds Irondequoit Baymarker. It actually begins in rural West Bloomfieldmarker in Ontario Countymarker, flowing north into the town of Mendonmarker in Monroe County. Accumulating a few small tributaries, it twists eastward back into the Ontario County town of Victormarker, then back north into Monroe County, where it flows through the towns of Perintonmarker and Penfieldmarker on its way to the bay. It also skirts the edge of the combined town/village of East Rochestermarker.

The creek is believed to lie in a valley carved out by a pre-glacial Genesee Rivermarker, which at the time would have flowed into Lake Ontariomarker where Irondequoit Bay does today. Glacial debris caused the river to be rerouted as the glaciers retreated, leaving only the comparatively tiny creek.

The first settlements in the town of Penfield sprung up along the creek, as its waters were well suited to mills. The Daisy Flour Millmarker is the last of over a dozen mills that once used the creek's waters.

The creek's valley caused a problem for the engineers of the original Erie Canal, who ended up having to build the Great Embankment to bridge the valley near Bushnell's Basin.


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