Sunday, January 8, 2012

Preston Dam

I took this panorama (3 shots stitched together with hugin) on Thursday while out hunting for remains of the Norwich and Westerly Railway, a former trolley line near where I live. (More on that later.)

Although I first thought it to be the remains of a trolley bridge, I was wrong; a picture I found last night revealed that the trolley followed Poquetanuck Road (2A) in that section, not this feature which is located about 50 yards north of the road.

However, it's still impressive. It's classic New England stone wall architecture, but on a larger scale. I'm very curious about what it was. Was it a dam, used to create a pond or falls for a mill? Is it the remains of an old road bridge? Was it something else entirely?

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