Michael Barry’s Well At West 137th Street Harlem By James Reuel Smith April 21, 1898

A light photograph of Michael Barry’s well and horse carriage, on the north side of West 137th Street, between Lenox and Fifth Avenues in Harlem, NY, on April 21, 1898.

There was a community of Wells and Springs ran throughout the uptown area, from Harlem to the Bronx, connected to the historic “Indian Springs” of the Wecksquaesgeek Indians.

James Reuel Smith was born in 1852 in Skaneateles, NY. Smith loved photographing and investigating springs and wells throughout Northern Manhattan. In 1922, he published Springs and Wells in Greek and Roman Literature, Their Legends and Locations. He spent much of the years from 1897 to 1901 bicycling around Northern Manhattan and throughout Harlem documenting the transformation of Harlem from the pre-history of the “Indian Springs,” to farmland Harlem, to the industrial revolution.

James Reuel Smith died in 1935. Via source

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