Central Park Spring At 109th Street And 8th Avenue Harlem, New York, 1901

A photograph of the Central Park natural Spring entrance by photographed by James Reuel Smith at West 109th Street at Eighth Avenue in central Harlem, NY, on March 18, 1901.

It’s said that the Spring was about 150 feet east of Eighth Avenue and 109th Street.

There were community Wells and Springs that ran throughout the uptown area, from West Harlem to East Harlem to the Bronx.  These Wells and Springs were part of the historic “Indian Springs” that was named after the Wecksquaesgeek Indians. From 1897 to 1901, afterward, the Wells And Springs were plugged up, paved over and simply forgotten for health reasons.

Check out more articles regarding Harlem Wells and Springs here.


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