Cedar. New-York Historical Society, New York, NY.
This section of a wooden pipe was used by the Manhattan Company to supply water to New York City residents.
In 1799 Aaron Burr won a charter to supply New York City’s water through the Manhattan Company. But wanting to challenge rival Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York, he diverted 95% of the money to creating the Bank of the Manhattan Company (now JP Morgan Chase). While the bank thrived the quality of the water suffered, resulting in several cholera epidemics.
New York abandoned the wooden piping in 1842.