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1842: Murrays Hill

The Murray Hill Reservoir was the terminal, or distributing, reservoir of the original Croton Aqueduct. Egyptianate in style, it was built at Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. on the high ground known as Murray Hill in the countryside north of New York City, which extended from the Battery to about 23rd St.

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