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FBG Project D-032
Hydropower Dam for Walter Baker & Co Ltd
This project was a concrete dam, built as part of a power overhaul for a noted chocolate maker.
A new powerhouse, probably coal-fired, was built the next year with two 200-foot smokestacks and three boilers to supplement this upgraded hydro-power system.
A dam has stood at this spot since 1639, but the current concrete structure is believed to be a 1950s replacement for FBG's work.
This is one of many dams in the northeast under consideration for removal, to return rivers to a more natural state for fish and wildlife. Many dams built by towns and companies for power and mill use, sometimes no more than a mile apart, have been demolished in recent decades.
Google Maps aerial view.
The brick buildings in view are almost entirely those of the Walter Baker plant, mostly converted to condos and mixed use.