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Water Over the Bridge: 1897

Water Over the Bridge: 1897

Circa 1897. "Mexican Central Railway -- the Aqueduct at Queretaro." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.


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Santiago de Querétaro is a city in central Mexico. It’s known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, which includes this striking pink stone aqueduct.

Watering the locomotive?

This stopping point for the locomotive would be ideal if they needed to replenish the locomotive's boiler with a fresh gush of water. Alas, I don't see any piping for such an endeavor. Maybe they just stopped there to get their picture taken?

[The train was how William Henry Jackson and his giant cameras got around. - Dave]

Even more amazing in color

It is colorful and detailed Completed in 1738, legend has it that the aqueduct was commissioned by the Marquis del Villa del Alguia as a grandiose testament of his undying love for a beautiful — yet unattainable — woman named Clarissa. You see, Clarissa just happened to be a nun belonging to the convent of Santa Clara. With intimacy out of the question, the marquis believed that erecting a massive aqueduct would spiritually connect him with the off-limits object of his affection.

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