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  • Collection: The Powder Mills, Paper Mill and Jewell Mill

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The corning mill is where the final product was ground into a suitable size for use as gun powder.

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This photo was taken during the dismantling of the wheel mill. Each of the wheels weighed 7 tons. The cross shaft and crown gear weighted 3 tons making a total of 17 tons. The large crown gear had wooden teeth to avoid the friction or sparking of…

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1st photo : Robert "Wink" McGarry. The nickname is attributed to the constant blinking of the eyes due to irritation from manufacturing process.

2nd photo: l to r Alvin Stone, Alfred Carey, "Wink" McGarry

3rd photo : l to r Alfred Carey ,…

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Photos of a restored American Powder Division truck seen at a show in 2011.

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A photo of the Paper Mill Dam & Bridge.

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A photo of the bridge, which was composed of field stone and granite, but the heavy rains caused a flood to undermine the structure. A concrete bridge was built at that time and it lasted until 2012 when it was replaced.

The second photo shows the…

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Top picture is the north side. Bottom picture is the south side.

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Top view from the Paper Mill Bridge.
Bottom view looking South on the Assabet toward the Paper MIll Bridge and the Assabet Mill.

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Photos of winter views from the Paper Mill Dam.

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Until 1927 was located south of where the Assabet River runs under the "Paper Mill Bridge". Both the dam and the bridge was washed out in the flood of November 1927. The bridge was replaced and is being replaced again in 2012. The large dark…

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Remains of this dam can still be seen from the Paper Mill (Waltham Street) Bridge. The picture was taken in the winter with Assabet River in flood.

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The mill was located at the corner of Waltham and Parker Streets, on the river side of Parker Street. Built in 1820 by William May, it was sold to John Sawyer and then later to William Parker. In 1831 it became the Fourdrinier Paper Co., Inc. That…

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The photo shows the mill and the Mill Street bridge that spans the Assabet River. This was a combined grist, saw and cider mill run by Asa Smith. It was also known as Jewell's Mill and became the place to hear the news or local gossip. Spindles and…

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File contains histories, incorporation notices, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous information relative to the mill, dam and bridge.

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First three photos are of the Powder Mills building surrounded by water from the flooded Assabet River.
The fourth photo is the Assabet River at the rear of the Middlesex Laundry near the Paper Mill (Waltham Street) Bridge. The last photo is the…

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Three photos with a view of the Powder Mills.

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The picture on the left was taken from Pine Hill on the north side of the Assabet River. A copy from a postcard. All the land along the river was considered good farm land.

The picture on the right is a house of the village, now 106 Powder Mill…

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see 1999.956 for information on the presentation and award.