Model for elevated railroad 1871

Model for elevated railroad 1871
Model for elevated railroad 1871
Title
Model for elevated railroad 1871
Date 
1871
Medium 
Metal, wood, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 x 36 x 17 in. ( 27.9 x 91.4 x 43.2 cm )
Description 
Scale model for a proposed elevated railroad operating between the Battery and Harlem in Manhattan; metal trestle and rails, wooden tracks, and painted rectangular wooden base.
Credit Line 
Gift of Gilbert Gardner
Object Number 
INV.14760
Marks 
typewritten: on card accompanying model: "SCALE MODEL FOR A PROPOSED ELEVATED RAILROAD - 1871 / DESIGNED AND PATENTED BY DR. RUFUS HENRY GILBERT / FOR OPERATION ON MANHATTAN ISLAND FROM THE BATTERY / TO HARLEM. A LATER AND SIMPLER DESIGN WAS USED IN / THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GILBERT ELEVATED RAILROAD / (SIXTH AVENUE ELEVATED RAILROAD) COMPLETED FROM MORRIS / STREET TO WEST 59TH STREET AT SIXTH AVENUE AND OPEN- / ED FOR PASSENGER TRAFFIC ON JUNE 4TH AND 5TH 1878. / GIFT OF MR. GILBERT GARDNER 1954 GRANDSON OF DR. RUFUS HENRY / GILBERT"
Gallery Label 
Gilbert Gardner, grandson of Dr. Rufus Henry Gilbert, donated this model to the New-York Historical Society in 1954.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group