Croton Aqueduct Celebration Ribbon

Object Number: 
INV.2992
Date: 
1842
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 3 in. ( 21 x 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
printed at bottom of ribbon: "Sold by Edward P. Whaites, No. 1 Cortland street."
Description: 
White silk ribbon copper engraved with "COMPLETION of the CROTON AQUEDUCT/ CELEBRATED/ New York/ October 14th 1842" at top surmounting history of aqueduct printed below "In the year 1793, Dr. Joseph Brown proposed to supply the City of/ New-York with water, by bringing the river Bronx to Harlem in an open/ Canal, raising it to the required height by steam, & conducting it to-/ the city, in a 6 inch pipe. Propositions have been made since by Wm./ Weston & others, with reference to the same source. The CROTON..."
Gallery Label: 
This ribbon commemorates the 1842 completion of the Croton Aqueduct, which provided the first dependable water supply for New York City. The water conduit spanned a distance of forty-one miles, from the upstate New York Croton Dam to a reservoir in what is today Central Park. The execution of John B. Jervis's design for the aqueduct cost upward of $13 million.
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Creative: Tronvig Group