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Old 03-27-08, 10:40 PM   #1
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you want pollution? i'll show you pollution!

2.5 million pounds of manure
60,000 gallons of urine


excreted every day by horses in turn of the century new york.


and 15,000 dead horses had to be removed from the streets every year by the city.


this has been an interesting and useless info moment. thank you for reading.
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2.5 million pounds of manure went a long way in fertilising and replenishing the tilth of soil.

60,000 fallons of urine could be used to make urea.

15,000 dead horses could be turned into glue.

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yeah, but they probably just dumped them in the nearest lake anyway.
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A guy named Peter Cooper owned a glue factory in Kips Bay ,( ~28th st at the east river) that was there until the early 1900's Dead horses were a commodity as were cattle parts left over from butchering.

Pete became a millionaire and was digging the scene with Carnegie and Roosevelt
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2.5 million pounds of manure
60,000 gallons of urine


excreted every day by horses in turn of the century new york.


and 15,000 dead horses had to be removed from the streets every year by the city.


this has been an interesting and useless info moment. thank you for reading.
That was with a population somewhere around 3.4 million people. In 2005 the population was over 8 million or a little over twice as many folks. It wouldn't be terribly bold to suggest the other statistics would double as well.

I know of some places where that volume of material can be viewed, heard, smelled, etc. Excluding the attraction to various insects and the effects of hot dry spells; on average these sites are so unpleasant that they are rarely found in or near human population centers.

You certainly wouldn't have ridden without fenders in those days.
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yeah, but they probably just dumped them in the nearest lake anyway.

No, people reused and recycled.

Although, as WalterMitty points out--the recycling spots stunk and were good at attracting vermin.

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2.5 million pounds of manure went a long way in fertilising and replenishing the tilth of soil.
in nyc? lolzzz
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in nyc? lolzzz
There was still farmland in the countryside.

"As it had been for many years, dry garbage, after being picked clean of valuable materials like rags and paper, was used to fill waterways and wetlands, creating tens of thousands of acres of valuable waterfront real estate, including most of lower Manhattan, the Red Hook shoreline of Brooklyn, and almost the entire northern and southern fringes of both Kings and Queens Counties, upon which our airports were built."

I should point out that there were still pigs eating much of the garbage at the time when there were that many horses in NYC...

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So is this more or less than the amount of urine and excrement that is deposited on the streets of NYC today?
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So is this more or less than the amount of urine and excrement that is deposited on the streets of NYC today?
From horses to homeless; the circle of life continues.....
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So is this more or less than the amount of urine and excrement that is deposited on the streets of NYC today?


That's a little harsh, funny, but harsh.
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Here's another factoid:

There used to be millions of buffalo roaming the prairies... millions.

With their decline came an increase in human population and mother nature went from being pretty happy to being pretty pissed off in a very short span of time.

I have always preferred the smell of manure over car exhaust.
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From horses to homeless; the circle of life continues.....
Except that now there are no pigs to eat the refuse...

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