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Lowell Canal System, Pawtucket Dam, Merrimack River,above Pawtucket Falls, Lowell, Middlesex County, MA



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Item Title


Location
above Pawtucket Falls, Lowell, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-1-A
Building/structure dates: 1821 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1826 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1830 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1833 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1846 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1875 subsequent work
Significance: The existing dam is the fifth constructed on the site, the first being built about 1821. The purpose of the Dam is to divert water from the Merrimack River into the canal system in order to power the mills.

Subjects
Brick Buildings
Dams
Hydraulic Engineering


Related Names
Proprietors Of The Locks & Canals On The Merrimack
Boott, Kirk
Merrimack Manufacturing Company
Jackson Company
Francis, James B.
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Sanburn, N. C., Photographer
Malone, Dr. Patrick M., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the PL&C) DAM AT THE HEAD OF PAWTUCKET FALLS, SEPTEMBER 20, 1875
2. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the PL&C) DAM AT THE HEAD OF PAWTUCKET FALLS, AUGUST 31, 1875
3. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collectiom of the PL&C) DAM AT THE HEAD OF PAWTUCKET FALLS, JULY 30, 1875
4. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the PL&C) DAM AT THE HEAD OF PAWTUCKET, JUNE 8, 1875
5. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the PL&C) DAM AT THE HEAD OF PAWTUCKET, JULY 30, 1875
6. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the PL&C)DAM AT THE HEAD OF PAWTUCKET, AUGUST 28, 1875
7. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the PL&C)DAM AT THE HEAD OF PEWTUCKET FALLS, SEPTEMBER 11, 1875
8. Photocopy of a drawing (original in the Collection ot the PL&C, Shelf 128, Drawing 1766) PLAN OF PART OF THE MERRIMACK RIVER (PLAN OF DAM), FEBRUARY 1833
9. Photocopy of a drawing (original in the Collection of the PL&C, Shelf 128, Drawing 1784) SECTIONS OF THE OLD AND NEW DAM, OCTOBER 18-19, 1875
10. Photocopy of a drawing (original in the Collection of the PL&C, Shelf 128, Drawing 1773) SKETCH OF PAWTUCKET DAM (PLAN SHOWING COFFER DAMS) FEBRUARY 1875
11. Photocopy of a drawing (original in the Collection of the PL&V, Shelf 128, Drawing 1795) SKETCH OF PAWTUCKET DAM (HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND SECTIONS) MARCH 1923
12. PAWTUCKET DAM AND GATEHOUSE VIEWED FROM NORTH SIDE OF MERRIMACK RIVER LOOKING EAST Jack Boucher, Photographer 1976


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