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The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct educate the public about the history or the tunnel and trail.

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Photo by S Fahn
Author: 
Charlotte Fahn

One effect of the happily welcomed reopening of High Bridge Tower in 2021 was to turn attention to the Old Croton Aqueduct’s High-Service Works, of which the Tower was a part. In fact, some accounts refer to this elegant, octagonal granite structure on the northeast Manhattan skyline as the High-Service Tower.

Author: 
TTarnowsky

 

A lesser known fact of the career of Croton Aqueduct Chief Engineer John B. Jervis [shown above], is that he was the very first to run a steam locomotive on a length of railroad track in this country. He did so as a demonstration of the motive power of a self propelled locomotive in August of 1829 as an adjunct to the Delaware and Hudson Canal in Pennsylvania, which he also built as a private enterprise to deliver coal to Philadelphia and New York City along a 100 mile plus route, connecting with the Hudson River in Kingston, NY.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Guest post by Friends David and Susan Rosenzweig

On October 27, 2021, we drove to the Croton Gorge to view the dam. Considering the very heavy rain we had over the prior two days, we expected a voluminous amount of water going over the dam.

Our guess was correct!

About a quarter of a mile before we reached the dam, we could hear a thundrous noise. As we approached the bridge, the noise of rushing water was very loud and the spray was like rain.

Note the small tree on the dam's spillway.

 

Newsletter Issue: 
# 12, July 2002
Author: 
FOCAAdmin

The Friends' own Tom Tarnowsky presented a lecture on Zoom for the Yonkers Public Library in association with The Yonkers Historical Society on the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and its relation to Yonkers. Enjoy!

Author: 
TTarnowsky

The Flickr site of the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection just posted these 2 images of the demolition of the aqueduct conduit in Central Park in 1931. These images show the original brick tunnel where it ended upon entering the Receiving Reservoir at approx West 85th St. The brick tunnel, showing a plastered inside surface here, continued to the southern division of the reservoir where it entered a gatehouse structure. When the water left the reservoir it continued downtown on 5th Ave.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

A delightful article about the Old Croton Aqueduct, its history and current status can be found on the website called Messy Nessy Chic.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Author: 
TTarnowsky

Friends board member Tom Tarnowsky photographed these lovely edible fungi at the Northern end of the trail.

Chicken of the Woods grows on fallen, rotting tree trunks.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

SIX NEW MOBILE AUDIO TOURS LEAD TO ADVENTURES IN HISTORIC HUDSON RIVER TOWNS

Free Driving, Walking and Biking Tours Cross Over the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and the Bear Mountain Bridge

TARRYTOWN, NY (SPRING, 2021) After a year of the COVID-19 crisis keeping people homebound, many are looking for ways to safely explore and enjoy the world around them. Six new mobile audio tours are now ready to guide visitors through the Historic Hudson River Towns, a group of charming riverfront communities just north of New York City.

Author: 
LWalter

The fur and feathers crowd loves our award-winning maps! These pictures were taken at Yonkers 2021 National Nights Out festival, on August 3. Many community groups, children and pets descended on a local park to party. The event promotes police-community partnerships and safe neighborhoods. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct was honored to join so many fun-loving Yonkers families and pets who walk and help care for the aqueduct trail.

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