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 The thrill of discovery 
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Sovereign Woodsman
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 The thrill of discovery
Years back, my Dad and Brother told me of a dam in Walden Pond in my hometown of Lynn MA. I always thought they were feeding me garbage. I've hiked and biked and fished (sounds like someone else on this forum, but i don't ski and the highest peak is 400 feet) all about Lynn woods all my life and have never seen a sign of this dam. Today was different. I brought my girlfriend along for a simple walk in the woods. I needed to break in my new boots, and this was a great excuse (like i needed one). Walking about, i noticed through the now bare trees, the damned dam. All my life, i had believed something was completely ridiculous and untrue had all of a sudden been revealed. I couldn't believe my eyes!

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Now it's not the coolest undiscovered ancient treasure, but this had a history all its own. The reservoir didn't need to be as big as it is now due to population reasons. Oh yeah, its usually under 10-20 feet of water, but they do shuffle water around the three reservoirs we have for some reason or another. This is why I've never seen it, and I've been there when the water was low before. Its hidden from the entrance due to the way the trees reflect on the water. You can't see it unless you are looking for it. Gave my dad a phone call and had a good laugh about it.

This may have been a TR but, i whatever


Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:20 pm
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 canal lock?
On the left I think I'm seeing the remains of a canal lock. The dam likely helped facilitated barge navigation.


Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:29 am
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Stumbling across things like that can certainly have a little thrill factor to it. The woods around southern NH are great for that since most places were cleared 100 years ago for farming. They're filled with old cellar holes, rusting old cars, junk piles, grave yards etc.

A few times this summer I've come across old dumping grounds filled with old bottles, broken china, household goods etc etc. Kind of neat to poke around through all that.

Somewhere in the woods of Pawtuckaway there's an old fieldstone chimney I've been looking for. Haven't found it yet but I know its out there by itself somewhere. One of these days I hope to finally find it. Probably with the leaves gone now is a good time to look again.


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That's a great story! Last Spring I set out to find the remains of the wreckage from a Piper Plane that crashed into the side of Belknap Mt in 1972. I was so excited when I found it!


Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:58 am
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 Re: The thrill of discovery
thegibba wrote:
but i don't ski


We can fix that!

Tim

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Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:52 am
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It is a lock of some sort. Im not sure about for barges or shipping however. I looked at a map of lynn from the late 1800's and the reservoir isnt there. There are a few rock quarries nearby. Besides there are two major roadways nearby. Im trying to nail down when the reservoir was built. Im guessing that it wasnt its current size originally and was expanded upon as the population grew. There is another pond nearby that was mch smalled but excavated out for expansion. Other ponds in lynn work(ed) with a simple gate to control. You can see the groves in the canal for a gate though. There was also a slight difference in the height of the water to make a current. Also at the top of the canal just after the curve there is a pylon in the middle of canal. This makes me think they had a small bridge for foot traffic. I could be wrong.

As far as skiing goes, that may be remedied this winter. Everyone tells me I have a good hase f skills from skating and rollerblading, s I should be able to pick it up quickly.


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