Primitive Water Works of Old New York

Issue 5 and Volume 57.

Primitive Water Works of Old New York Quaint relics of a water supply system over one hundred years old have been brought to light by recent excavations in some of the most populous sections of the City of New York. Several wooden gate valves, dating back to 1799— short sections of pine logs bored out axially and fitted with thick iron leaves working in a slot across the opening—have been unearthed; and the recent dismantling of an old building at Reade and Centre streets revealed a cast-iron tank which at one time supplied the entire city with water from a near-by well. The tank was constructed of cast-iron plates, bolted in position. They were imported from England. The valves and the tank formed part of the water supply system which was installed in 1799 after a scourge of yellow fever had swept the city. Aaron Burr was instrumental in having…

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