City of New York Aqueduct Commission Reports on the New Croton Aqueduct 1883 – 1887


Incredible overview of construction on the New Croton Aqueduct in New York.

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This beautiful volume presents the 1887 report to the Aqueduct Commissioners of New York City by President James. C. Spencer. It contains the reports of the commission secretary, John. Sheehan, and of the chief engineer, Benjamin Church, in addition to a detailed visual overview consisting of dozens of plates, charts, photographs, and maps.

Work on the New Croton Aqueduct began in 1883, when a resolution in the New York State legislature sought to expand New York City’s water supply. A proposal for a ‘new’ 33-mile long Croton Aqueduct (to replace the old one) submitted the year prior was re-evaluated and expanded into a massive infrastructure project that took over a decade to complete. It wouldn’t be until 1908 that the final reservoir of the Croton watershed was completed. The aqueduct, primarily consisting of a brick-lined tunnel 13 feet in diameter, remains in use today as one of the three water sources for New York.

Sources: New Croton Reservoir; New York City Water Works History

Map Details

Publication Date: 1887

Author: Aqueduct Commissioners of New York City

Sheet Width (in): 11

Sheet Height (in): 13.75

Condition: A

Condition Description: Attractive report bound in original pebbled leather with gilt front cover and spine. Title page and endpapers are lightly spotted, but otherwise in near fine condition. Old dedication inscription on front flypaper. Includes 63 double sided pages of text, 16 tables & diagrams, 24 pages of photographs, 32 pages of progress charts, a large folding map (37.5" x 13.5") of the Croton watershed, plus 56 additional single, double, and folding page maps, drawings, and cutaway views.


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