Skip to the quiz -- you're kind of cheating if you look at this first.

Capital Region and Hudson Valley kills

Map quiz: A creek by another name

The Normans Kill in Albany

What's the name?

For the last however many years we've posted a map quiz this time of year -- and here's this year's...

A bunch of creeks and streams in the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley are called "kills" because of the Dutch influence in this area. ("Kill" roughly means "creek" in Dutch.)

So this year's map quiz -- a quick seven multiple choice questions, with maps! -- tests your knowledge of these creeks by another name.

Plus: There's a bonus, clickable map of these many waterways...


The quiz is embedded below. A perfect score will earn you a sense of satisfaction in your local geographic and hydrological knowledge.

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The kills of the Capital Region and Hudson Valley

At the top of this post there's a map of the streams name "(Something) Kill" in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley -- click or scroll all the way up. It's based on data from the USGS.

A tip 'o the hat to Andy Arthur, whose stream name map helped inspire this quiz. (earlier)

Previous Columbus Day map quizzes

+ Ten things that are related
+ Old streets, new names
+ Up there
+ In the round

Also: Some number of facts about the Normans Kill


5/7 - not bad.

May we have more quizzes, pease?

6 out of 7 - the Alplaus kill stumped me.

Excuse me, where is the quiz? Cannot see it.
Your website might be interfering with my adblock :-)

I recall seeing a Murderers Kill on a map of Green County once, and thinking it was a great name and must have a story behind it. It seems to have disappeared. Was it renamed?

6 of 7...moordener kill stumped me....yes more quizzes please!

6/7 - not bad for a transplant! Moordener Kill got me!

Zeds F - Murderers kill is just north of Athens, between 9w and 385. I don't know why it has that name but it leads to Sleepy Hollow lake.

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