Bird’s Eye Views of the Croton Aqueduct, 1879-1887

Here are two priceless “bird’s eye” views of the Croton Aqueduct, made eight years apart during the period when New York City was rapidly outgrowing the capacity of what we now call the Old Croton Aqueduct. One map looks north, showing the burgeoning metropolis in 1879—straining the water supply system with its unrelenting growth. The … Continue reading Bird’s Eye Views of the Croton Aqueduct, 1879-1887

New Croton Aqueduct Map, 1884

This is a detail of the Croton area from the map The Route of the New Aqueduct from Central Park to Croton Dam . . . prepared by the Aqueduct Commission in 1884. The route of the new aqueduct tunnel is the dark straight line, running diagonally across the bottom from Croton Dam. One of … Continue reading New Croton Aqueduct Map, 1884

Croton Area in an Early NYC Transit Map, 1887-1890s

A detail from an early New York City regional transit map, made between 1887 and the 1890s. What's particularly interesting about this map is that it shows the "Quaker Bridge Dam," one of the possible locations for what became the New Croton Dam. In the late 19th century, when New York City was rapidly outgrowing … Continue reading Croton Area in an Early NYC Transit Map, 1887-1890s