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The second photo has a note pointing out the Music Hall (or the Rink) on Main Street. The woolen mill smoke stack is seen upstream of the Assabet River.

The file contains reports, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous documents pertaining to the dam and the canal leading to Mill Pond.

Walter was the brother of Leo Comeau. Walter is at the Clinton Dam. Seems to be an early selfie, someone taking a photo of Walter taking pictures.

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The dam with houses on Taft Ave. in the background.


The dam was built by Maynard and Knight to divert water to the mill pond in 1847.
The first four taken in 1970, the fifth in 1981, the sixth in 1988 and the last three winter views taken in Feb. 1969.

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Although Maynard has only a few dams, the location of this one remains a mystery.

Current best guess is that this was at the Maynard Rod & Gun Club at the outflow of the trout pond.

The Ben Smith Dam was built in 1847 by Amory Maynard to divert water into a dug out canal to fill Mill Pond. The water was used to run the wheels in the mill, wash the wool and for a sprinkler system.
This photo is a copy of a colorized postcard.…

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Dike at Lake Boone where water runs into the Assabet River.

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A picture of the paper mill dam shows the dam located south of where the Assabet River runs under the Paper mill Bridge, Both the dam and the bridge were washed out in November 1927. The bridge was replaced.

A picture of the Millpond. In order to make the river a more stable source of power, Amory Maynard bought from Haman Smith a strip of land connecting the river to the mill area. Artemus Whitney, a close associate of Maynard's, dug a canal that led…

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Top: B & M Bridge, Mill Street Bridge
Bottom: Ben Smith Dam, Main St. School

A photo of the Paper Mill Dam & Bridge.

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

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…

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.

Photograph of the Ben Smith Dam in October.

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Photograph of the Powder Mill Dam

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Near Waltham Street, site of old paper mill. Dam washed out with the Paper Mill Bridge in 1927. Assabet River went on a rampage after a terrific rainstorm. About 1829 a paper mill was built at the corner of Summer and Parker Streets, using the…