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The Tiber Creek Seeps Are Active If You Want to See Them

June 15, 2016

I’ve posted about Tiber Creek before, and how a few of the seeps that are located just inside the Soldiers’ Home’s fence along the Rock Creek Church Road are still visible if you know what you are looking for. Right now they are active and you can see the water draining into the brick gutter that was created years ago to drain the water down towards the pond near the old Park Road gate to the southwest.

Below are two short videos showing two of the three active seeps.

Admiring the Springs that Created Tiber Creek

October 1, 2015

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.

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Brick and concrete structure at the northern end of Tiber Creek.

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.

Tiber Spring(A small spring helping to feed and create what remains of Tiber Creek. This one is located near Shepherd Street).


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