|Old 68th Street Water Intake Crib and Construction on New Crib, 1908-1909
The nineteenth century cribs were replaced with more modern facilities in the twentieth century. All of these construction projects were dangerous and complicated operations. Seen here in this photograph from late 1908 or early January 1909 is the old 68th Street water intake crib alongside a temporary wooden structure built to facilitate construction of a new crib. On July 20, 1909, this temporary structure burst into flame, killing 70 workers in the disaster.
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