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The Wachusett Dam

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S: The Wachusett Dam

BC: The End

FC: The Wachusett Dam Clinton,Massachusetts

1: Construction of the Wachusett Dam began in 1897 and was completed in 1905. The dam is part of greater Boston's water supply. | Many churches factories and homes had to be removed in order for this dam to be constructed. Along with all of the bodies from a Catholic cemetery.

2: Roads and rail lines had to be relocated; a railroad tunnel and trestle had to be built in order to relocate the Central Massachusetts Rail Line. This trestle ran over the Nashua River at the base of the Wachusett Dam.

3: Trestle Tunnel Then and now.

4: As massive as the project was, it was a low-tech effort using horse, mules and simple mechanical devices such as pulleys and levers. Steam was the only source of power.

5: During the 10 years of construction thousands of immigrant workers were drawn to the area. Many of the immigrants put down roots. Italians and Poles settled in Clinton, which already had a large Irish population. The building of the dam was the main point of diversification of the town-it helped to form who we are today.

6: Site of the form trestle over the Nashua River.

8: This was the first time that the state would flood an inhabited area to create a water supply, and they faced opposition. They knew that this water source would not be enough and moved west and later took over several towns to build the Quabbin Reservoir.

9: Height of the dam 205 ft. Length of the dam 965 ft.

10: The walkway of the dam has been closed since 1990 for public safety and water safety reasons. It had been open on special occasions and weekends since the 1970's. After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, military personnel were stationed at the entrance for several years. | The dam walkway was last opened in 2005 for the 100 anniversary of the laying of the last stone in the dam.

11: CREDITS Photos courtesy Google images.

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  • Title: The Wachusett Dam
  • This is a pictorial view of the dam along with some history of the construction.
  • Tags: history
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Updated: over 5 years ago