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Ossining in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Old Croton Aqueduct

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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 5, 2022
1. The Old Croton Aqueduct Marker
The Old Croton Aqueduct is a brick and stone conduit, built between 1837 and 1842, to carry water from the Croton River into New York City. Since it is a gravity flow system, a gradual decline had to be maintained throughout the Aqueduct's forty-one mile length.

The Aqueduct's major features in Westchester County included the Old Croton Dam and the Sing Sing Kill Bridge (double arches) and Weir Chamber in Ossining. The main structures in New York City were the High Bridge over the Harlem River, a large embankment crossing the Glendinning Valley (at 98th, 99th, and 100th Streets), the Receiving Reservoir (in Central Park) and the Distributing Reservoir (now the site of the New York Public Library). None of the Aqueduct's features remain in Manhattan. The Old Croton Aqueduct continued to serve New York City until 1995 and Westchester communities until 1965. Part of Ossining's water needs are served today by a section of the Aqueduct.

Today, the Old Croton Dam is gone, flooded by the waters impounded by the New Croton Dam. The Sing Sing Kill Bridge and Weir Chamber are still accessible here in Ossining, the overseer's
The Old Croton Aqueduct Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 5, 2022
2. The Old Croton Aqueduct Marker
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house still stands in Dobbs Ferry, and High Bridge still spans the Harlem River. The Old Croton Aqueduct from the Old Croton Dam to Yonkers (26.2 miles) was acquired by the State in 1968 and designated as a State Park. Today much of it is accessible as a walking, cycling and equestrian trail. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the United States Secretary of the Interior in 1992 and also selected as part of the Hudson River Greenway.

An exhibit on the Old Croton Aqueduct including a full-scale reproduction of a section of the conduit is located at the Ossining Visitor Center adjoining this site.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 41° 9.695′ N, 73° 51.751′ W. Marker is in Ossining, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 169 Main St, Ossining NY 10562, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Croton Aqueduct Promenade / El Paseo Marítimo del acueducto Old Croton (here, next to this marker); Ossining, New York (a few steps from this marker); The Ossining Bank for Savings / El banco Sing Sing de Seguros
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Double Arch / El Doble Arco (about 300 feet away); The Crescent / La Media Luna (about 300 feet away); The First Baptist Church / La Primera Iglesia Bautista (about 300 feet away); Trinity Episcopal Church / Iglesia Episcopal Trinity (about 300 feet away); Ellis Place and the Little Shop Tea Room / Ellis Place y El Salón de Té la Tendita (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ossining.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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