Monday, November 19, 2007

New York's Croton Water System. A tour through woodcuts of the bridges tunnels and workings of the system.... From Harpers Weekly Dec. 1860

The water to New York was once delivered by the Croton water line. It was built in the mid 19th century. In Harper's Magazine of December, 1860. It took us on a tour of the system in a series of wood cuts.
There is a lot of narrative here that I have left out. But in future writings I can put some of it in. But this was as it was on the eve of the American Civil war, and New York's water system.
The final placement of the water was the great reservoir which once stood on 5th Ave and 42 to 44th streets. The New York Public Library stands where some of that massive water storage area once stood. I have written a history on that already in a previous entry into this blog.

The Croton on its way to town.

Scene below the Croton dam.

Glimpse on the Croton lake.

The Hudson Highlands-Source of the Croton.

Sections of the aqueduct, showing its construction.
1.Embankments across valleys
2.Masonry in earth excavations
3.Tunnel cutting in earth
4.Tunnel cutting in rock
5.Open cutting in rock.

An aqueduct ventilator.

Aqueduct bridge at Sing Sing.

Bridge over Mill River in Tarrytown.

Bridge over the Napperhan at Yonkers.

The high bridge at Harlem.

Section of the high bridge over the Harlem River.

One of the bridges over 98th, 99th, and 100th Streets, New York.

The distributing reservoir in the 5th Avenue, New York.