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Croton Aqueduct Ribbon

Object Name: Ribbon
Date: 1842
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Medium: Silk
Dimensions: Overall: 8 x 3 in. ( 20.3 x 7.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: White silk ribbon copper engraved with "COMPLETION of the CROTON AQUEDUCT/ CELEBRATED/ New York/ October 14th 1842" at top surmounting arms of New York with Native American and aristocrat flanking eagle and image of aqueduct in background. 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..."
Object Number: INV.2995
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Marks: printed at bottom of ribbon: "Published by W.L. Ormsby 142 Nassau St. Letters Engraved by a Machine/ just Invented by W.L. Ormsby: time, eight letters pr minute."

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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.