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Situated in the hills above Williamsburg, Massachusetts, the Williamsburg reservoir dam, nearly 600 feet long and 43 feet high, spanned pasture-covered hills. Made of a masonry core wall (a remnant of the west wall appears on the left) supported by earthen embankments, the dam blocked up a mountain stream and created a 100-acre lake. Like other New England reservoirs, it had been built by mill owners downstream to collect water that could be released in a regular flow to their factories to turn waterwheels and turbines. Reservoirs such as these made the industrial revolution possible.


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"Daily Graphic" newspaper illustration- 'Birdseye View of the Williamsburgh Reservior with the Ruined Dam'

publisher   The Daily Graphic
illustrator   G. B. Hart
date   May 19, 1874
location   New York, New York
width   12.0"
height   9.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Illustration
accession #   #L05.012

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See Also...

"Mill River Calamity" from "Harper's Weekly"

"Harper's Weekly Journal of Civilization" illustrations of Mill River Disaster Flood

"Reservoir Disaster" article from the Gazette and Courier newspaper

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