Monday, January 31, 2011

Collect Pond

Current map with location of pond

Sanitary Topographical Map, 1865

Map, 1807

Map, 1797

Map, 1766 Detailed view

Map, 1766

Map, 1755
Detailed view

Located at the site of present-day Columbus Park, Collect Pond supplied early NYC's water until it became polluted during the late 18th century. The above maps chronicle (in reverse, from top to bottom) the location of the pond, with and without it. The site of the pond is indicated by a translucent rectangle, from map to map. The following links reveal historical articles that are relevant to the pond's history:

Erie Canal


Building the Erie Canal -The Erie Canal, built between 1817 and 1825 - timeline - timeline and process of building the canal w/ pics ( click on the side links on the left) - old and modern pics - modern pics - pics and videos - maps;jsessionid=27B23E5454C20D229265B1F6005B4BBF?QuickSearchA=QuickSearchA&q=erie+canal&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&search=Search - maps - brief history - pics and brief info. - Erie Canal chronology and bibliography - Erie Canal is converted into Rochester’s subway - Erie Canal Time Machine (click on the links on the left) - images - videos - sections of the Erie Canal + pics (click on the arrow) - large pics of the Erie Canal, from different areas in NY - economic history of the Erie canal - Erie Canal Trivia/ info. >>Erie Canal Trivia

  • The opening of the Erie Canal was "announced" in just two hours by cannons firing in sequence from Buffalo to New York City. The first boats arrived nine days later!
  • At the turn in Medina, the canal is running in an aqueduct so if you stop and look over the edge, you can see people fishing from boats under you!
  • The speed limit on the first canal was 4 miles per hour. It's 6 to 10 miles per hour today.
  • Mules are the infertile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
  • Not only trains halt traffic! Boats on the canal can bring motorists to a standstill when lift bridges are raised above the road level to let them pass.
  • Holley was named for canal commissioner Myron Holley...who never visited there!
  • The cargo of the first commercial vessel on the Erie Canal was a floating "zoo" of animals behind DeWitt Clinton's boat, "Seneca Chief."
  • The original Erie Canal attracted a wide range of businesses from floating saloons and brothels to an "exhibit" of a dead sperm whale.
  • In the early days, most captains and their families lived on board their boats and spent their entire lives going back and forth on the canal.
  • Mules were kept on the boat and were "steered" on and off by the tail across a "horse bridge" that was stored on the roof.
  • Susan B. Anthony and her family arrived in Rochester on the Erie Canal and many slaves escaped to freedom by using it.
  • Inland "ports" (such as Fairport, Brockport, and Spencerport) took their names from their location on the canal route. pics from Palmyra, NY

Articles articles -Region celebrates the anniversary of the Erie Extension Canal - Publication: New York State Conservationist
Publication Date: 01-FEB-03 – Newspaper article Erie Canal Exemplifies Engineering - Erie Canal Harbor Officially Opens to Public (press release)
July 2, 2008 03:30 PM

Montanye's Rivulet

Stuvvesant's Creek and Meadows. (9th st. Creek) (t ompkins square park area)

A useful source for anyone on the L.E.S.

An article that I think most people will find useful. It has extensive mention of several waterways.
Buried Streams Trouble New York Builders:
New York Times 1907 :

Mannahatta: pg 251