Blacksmiths at the New Croton Dam, 1895

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Blacksmiths at the New Croton Dam, September, 1895. Courtesy of the Ossining Historical Society.

Among the many treasures of the Ossining Historical Society Museum is a substantial collection of photographs and other material about the Old Croton Aqueduct. During a visit last week, curator Norm MacDonald showed us some recently donated material that included two rare photographs of blacksmiths at the New Croton Dam taken in September, 1895. Although there are probably thousands of photographs of the dam under construction, there’s a real dearth of images of the workers, their living quarters, and day-to-day life.

Many thanks to Norm and OHSM for letting us share these striking images.

To learn more about the Ossining Historical Society Museum visit their website and watch this video of Norm discussing the collection (and why Ossining was featured on the television show Mad Men).

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Blacksmiths at the New Croton Dam, September, 1895. Courtesy of the Ossining Historical Society.