BURR’S PIPAGE

Aaron Burr started a water company in Manhattan two-hundred years ago. Today, you can see little tiny pictures of his water pipes all over the city, and all over the country. In 1799, the Manhattan Company was charted by Burr to bring fresh drinking water to the island. The lack of fresh water had caused a lot of problems, including cholera and yellow fever epidemics. The new water pipes were bored logs- you can see them [above] in a recent excavation in Coenties Slip.

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