The Wachusett Dam & Reservoir

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Before There Was A Dam

How they built it and what became of the people who lived there

 

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2.19.24

The North Dike

If you have ever walked along the North Dike in Clinton you will surely have been mightily impressed by its sheer size.

Here is the story, first in a new series,  of how it was built

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Paul

1.20.24

Myths, Mysteries & Curiosities 2

Here are some more fascinating facts about the Wachusett Dam & Reservoir not generally know or discussed, all thoroughly researched and presented in plain language for your enjoyment.

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Paul

The very first rock

Are those Stains or leaks?

Moving the Cemetery

The Bouncing Bridge

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1.20.24

New England Water Works Award

Paul receiving the award from President-Elect Demetrios Vidalis.

I want to extend my thanks to my friends at the New England Water Works Association for awarding their annual Distinguished Public Involvement Award to this website.

It is a great honor and I shall continue to post as much research for public enjoyment as I can.

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Coach & Sandy – the area around the submerged/buried ponds, South Main Street and South Meadow Road cutoffs

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Diversity at the Dam – Strong men came from all over to the huge project where there was opportunity for all who were willing to work hard for a good wage.

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The Wachusett Aqueduct delivered water, by tunnel and open stream, to the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham 12 miles away. Since replaced, it still functions as a backup water supply.

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Clinton Catholic Cemetery – The largest of the cemeteries which had to moved because of the rising waters, its colorful story is retold here.

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One Man, One Shovel – rarely had so much dirt been moved by hand, a task completed with the most basic of tools…the shovel.

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Scar Bridge – This bridge once carried Scar Hill Road traffic across the Nashua River in Boylston but today remains submerged in place

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Channel Velocity Control – it was imperative to slow the water down in the spillway before it could erode the banks of the millpond and, perhaps, topple the railroad bridge.

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Get a Horse! – The horse had been around for centuries but was far from obsolete. Here is the story of the horse and its contribution to the Wachusett Dam & Reservoir.

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The Villages at West Boylston – Four separate villages surrounding the Old Church were submerged. Here is their story. Presented by students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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UFOs over the Dam

What is that strange object floating over the top of the dam??

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