Bronx river and learning objectives

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  • This is the Bronx that we know today.
  • Just two months later, you see the rectangles have moved and changed color. The British had chased Washington and his men up to the north. All through the American Revolution crossing the Bronx River was an issue. The road that crosses the river under the name Delancey, today 179 th street, even had a British controlled fort that was burned down by Aaron Burr. But one of the reasons there was a road there at all was because Delancey had a dam at 182 nd street , today the dam in River Park. This lowered the level of the river and made it an easier crossing. It also had the ecological effect of stopping migrating fish from returning to the fresh water to spawn.
  • This 1829 map shows that the number of roads had grown a little, but also shows that much of the area around the river was swampy. At this time all of what is today the Bronx was considered a part of Westchester County.
  • This is west Farms, just south of East Tremont avenue. Though much of the “Bronx” was still rural, it had many industries along the river. East of the river was Westchester County and to the west was NYC.
  • Looking North from 180 th street, into what is today the Bronx Zoo. All of the buildings on the left used river water for power or to wash industrial broducts and dump waste. Note the outhouse in the lower left corner. 3 years befor this picture was taken, both sides of the river became part of NYC. In looking for a name for the new borough, they looked to the River that ran through it: The Bronx River. Hence, The Bronx.
  • Bronx river and learning objectives

    1. 1. How can I use the Bronx River to reach my learning objectives?
    2. 2. A Brief Photo Album of Bronx River Modern History
    3. 3. The Bronx
    4. 4. NYC published 1807 October 1776 August 1776
    5. 5. Westchester 1829
    6. 6. West Farms, 1890
    7. 7. 182 nd Street dam 1898 Bleaching Mill, now River Park
    8. 8. Date Population Growth Rate 1830 3,023 8.7% 1840 5,346 76.8% 1850 8,032 50.2% 1860 23,593 193.7% 1870 37,393 58.5% 1880 51,980 39.0% 1890 88,908 71.0% 1900 200,507 125.5% 1910 430,980 114.9% 1920 732,016 69.8% 1930 1,265,258 72.8% 1940 1,394,711 10.2% 1950 1,451,277 4.1% 1960 1,424,815 − 1.8%
    9. 9. Bronx 1905
    10. 14. Parkway construction
    11. 15. Northern sections of the Parkway construction improve water quality
    12. 16. 1914 condemnation map
    13. 17. 1916 Bronx Zoo Boathouse North of 182 nd St. Dam
    14. 18. 1920’s South of Gun Hill Rd. Taken from Baumgarten Tapestry pedestrian bridge.(?)
    15. 19. Concrete Plant 1948
    16. 20. 1974 south of 180 th street
    17. 21. Ruth Anderberg Founder Bronx River Restoration 1974
    18. 22. Tremont and Devoe 1970s
    19. 23. South Of E. Tremont 1970s BxRR
    20. 24. 1970’s East Tremont and Devoe Debris Removed from river
    21. 25. Banana Kelly students October 2008 Drew Gardens
    22. 26. Concrete Plant 1948
    23. 27. 1966 Active Concrete Plant with barge
    24. 29. Concrete Plant circa 2004
    25. 30. Concrete Plant, South of Westchester Blvd. 1998
    26. 31. Alexie Torres leads the fight for public space at Concrete Plant with YMPJ

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