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11/28/2022

John F. Philbin’s “mutilated” Building

What happened to this building? It was part of the Dam & Reservoir project and was scheduled for demolition anyway. So why was it cut in half (and at such an odd angle)?

Thanks,

Paul

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UFOs (??) Spotted Over the Dam

Happened upon this scene at the dam this summer.

Can it be Ancient Aliens??

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Paul

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Saucer?

October 22, 2022

Houses Under the Dam

It has always been a mystery to me why these two houses were left standing in the middle of a seemingly chaotic, and dangerous, heavy construction site. They can be seen in the photographs, sitting serenely on the (upstream) hillside well past the middle of the project (1903) when the rising waters of the Reservoir pretty much forced their removal.

We know they are not there now.

 

Thanks,

Paul

Most Popular Articles

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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 ga good wage.

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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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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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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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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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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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Oakdale Station: Anatomy of a Rail Yard – A look at the inner workings of the busy rail yard that operated in Oakdale before it was disrupted by the coming of the Wachusett Reservoir.

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Upper Gate House – Follow the path of the water from the intakes at the very top of the dam all the way down to the base and across to the powerhouse below.

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