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Ribbon: completion of Croton Aqueduct w/ history

Object Number: 
INV.4586
Date: 
1842
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 4 in. ( 17.8 x 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: above header: "COMPLETION of the CROTON AQUEDUCT/ NEW YORK OCTOBER 14th 1842" printed: below header: "HISTORY/ 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 op
Description: 
Silk copper-engraved ribbon; header with an image of a Native American and a man seated on either side of of a medallion seal with cider barrels on it, an American bald eagle is above and images of an aqueduct, a church steeple and a fountain are in the back ground; all above an inscribed text of the history of the Croton Aquduct; printed in black on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
The Croton Aqueduct, designed by John B. Jervis, provided the first reliable water source to New York City. It was forty-one miles long running from the Croton Dam in Upstate New York, over the High bridge across the Harlem river, to a receiving resevoir between 79th and 86th Streets in what is now Central Park. It continued on to the distributing resevoir at the current site of Bryant Park. It cost $11.5 million to build and served the city throught the first half of the 20th century.
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Creative: Tronvig Group