Admiring the Springs that Created Tiber Creek
A little over four years ago, I posted about Tiber Creek and its headwaters rising up on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home. While Tiber Creek is largely gone to the casual observer, one of the neat things about it is that the Soldiers’ Home’s grounds contain most of the few remaining traces of the Tiber — including the two ponds near the (closed) Park Road Gate, a natural section of the Tiber to the south of the ponds, and a brick lined channel just inside the fence along Rock Creek Church Road between the Randolph and Eagle gates.
Recently, while walking along the fence and looking at the brick channel, I noticed that there are some brick and concrete structures along the channel. The northern one is just south of Upshur Street, the southern most one is located near Shepherd Street, and there is one midway between the two. There are also a few small clay pipes that go into the hillside along the channel.
While the channel is mostly dry now, several weeks ago it had a trickle of water and these structures appeared to be the sources of the water. The structures appear to be built over the springs that create the Tiber, and which gurgle from the earth with varying activity depending upon the wetness of the season and ground water level.
The photograph below shows the structure closest to Shepherd Street. Even in its current dry state, it is still damp with a small pool of water.History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.