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The Croton Fountain 1842-1870

 
 
The Croton Fountain 1842-1870 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2007
1. The Croton Fountain 1842-1870 Marker
Inscription.  The Croton Fountain 1842-1870

This was the location of the Croton Fountain. It was fed by the Croton Aqueduct, which provided New York City with its first dependable supply of pure water. Considered one of the great engineering achievements of the mid-19th century, the aqueduct transported water from a reservoir located more than 40 miles north of lower Manhattan. The fountain was dedicated at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the aqueduct. The Croton Fountain’s circular stone basin was 100 feet in diameter, and the fountain could project a spire of water more than 50 feet into the air.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 40° 42.721′ N, 74° 0.439′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. The marker is in the pavement on the path leading from the south end of the park to the Jacob Wrey Mould fountain. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Post Office 1870-1939 (a few steps from this marker); The Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain
The Croton Fountain 1842-1870 Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2019
2. The Croton Fountain 1842-1870 Marker site
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(a few steps from this marker); New York City Hall Park (a few steps from this marker); Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain 1871-1920 (within shouting distance of this marker); Canadian Burr Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bridewell 1775-1838 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mail Street 1875-1939 (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Poles (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
The Croton Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2007
3. The Croton Fountain
An illustration on a since-removed sidewalk marker in the area.
<i>View of New York City Hall, with fountain playing in foreground.</i> image. Click for full size.
Lithograph by Bassau's Lithog. (image courtesy of the New York Public Library), 1842
4. View of New York City Hall, with fountain playing in foreground.
Sheet music cover, showing the fountain, for the "Croton Jubilee Quick Step", likely composed for the celebration of the inauguration of the aqueduct.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on February 22, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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