Johnson Foundry and Harlem River Ship Canal – Scientific American

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    ndembowski
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    The March 22, 1890 issue of Scientific American had a detailed cover depicting the construction of the Harlem River Ship Canal with the Johnson foundry in the distance:

    1890 Harlem River Ship Canal

    My scanner cut off the labels so here they are:

    1. General view of the rock excavation and future course of the canal.
    2. Dumping rock and debris from trestle.
    3. Bird’s eye view of the connection between the Hudson River and Long Island Sound by the ship-canal and Harlem River.
    4. Dredging channel in the Harlem River

    There’s so much interesting detail here.  One thing that’s a little strange about it is the absence of Inwood Hill.  You should see that to the left of the foundry.  The rock faces on the right are still clearly visible at the Metro North Marble Hill train station.  I believe the house on top of those rock faces is the Isaac Dyckman house.

    Here is the accompanying article:

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    Thomas Casey
    Participant

    An other view from the top of the hill looking across to the new inwood playground area.

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    Thomas Casey
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    An other view from the top of the hill looking across to the new inwood playground area.

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    Thomas Casey
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    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="636"]View of Spuyten Duyvil creek View of Spuyten Duyvil creek from a Valentine Manuel[/caption]

    A view from the top of the railroad cut to Where the Broadway Bridge will later be built

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    Thomas Casey
    Participant

    Maybe the view to the right os more like Columbia FieldsColumbia fields

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