Friday 14. tenth. October. 1842.
A beautifull day for the celebration of the Croton water Works.
Every one was in commotion to.day, the whole city were on the move; and thousands of country people came flocking to see the procession. The stores were closed, bells ringing, soldiers marching, societys forming, and every one putting on their best faces to witness the novel scene.
At eleven Garret, the children, Bridget and myself went up to Mrs Anelli’s. They received us very politely, giveing us their small bed-room to ourselves. We had a fine view of the parade and were not exposed to the air. The procession, equalled my expectations, and was a handsome affair; every thing was so bright and neat, the very houses shone like silver.
The fire companies were very conspicuous for taste in their decorations. It was supposed the number of persons in procession, were about 20.000.
The streets, houses, posts, entries, were all thronged with anxious lookers on and all seemed gratified at the spectacle. We returned home soon after they passed, as the children became restless, and troublesome.
A bright moon closed the scene, and no doubt thousands of happy souls enjoyed its beams. All places of amusement were open and many illuminated for the occasion. It was a happy day for New.York, as now she stands a “queen city” with her beautifull Fountains, and pure transparent water, her delighted sons and daughters have reason to be proud of her now.
My eyes ached looking so much and I went early to bed. Mr H. walked down to see the illuminations.
“On October 14, 1842, 167 years ago, New York City marked the completion of the Croton Aqueduct and the stream of cold, clear water it brought from the valley of the Croton River. The water’s arrival touched off celebrations whose like had never been seen before. At a time when the purity of Croton’s own water supply is in jeopardy from runoff contamination, it is appropriate that we remind ourselves of the benefits Croton’s pure, sweet water brought to the way of life in Gotham.”
For more on the Croton Dam, check out these links: Croton, Histories and Mysteries, Croton Friends of History, and Days of Hope and Glory.