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The croton river aqueduct was built in 1837–41 under the supervision of Chief Engineer John B. Jervis and is one of the oldest dams of the modern United States. It is 38 miles long and located in the southeastern part of the state of New York. It is part of a system of waterworks that is used to transport water to New York City. This includes tunnels, one of which passes beneath the Harlem River; Highbridge, which is a Roman style aqueduct; and the New Croton Aqueduct, which was built 1885–91. The aqueduct was hailed as a huge engineering success of its day, and three former and current presidents of the United States attended its opening, when the 50-foot-high fountain in City Hall Park ...

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