(Picture of Grafton News Editor Don Clark standing at the base of the Blackstone Canal immediately south of the canal bridge on Depot Street in Farnumsville / South Grafton. The concrete steps go down to several wooden structures that once held pump facilities that were used to move water from Dawes Pond. The
water was used in the woolen manufacturing process at the former Wuskanut Mill at the corner of Depot Street and Providence Road)
Don, is that your real trail bike!!!
This picture was taken from the north side of the Depot Street canal bridge in Farnumsville / South Grafton. The canal heads northwest at this point until
it intersects with the Providence & Worcester Railroad tracks in back of Fisher Ballfield on Ferry Street. The concrete pylons in the canal trench were once used by the Wuskanut Mill to transport fuel oil from therailroad to the mill.
This is the stretch of the Blackstone Canal just east of Pleasant Street and historic Leland's Landing in Saundersville / South Grafton. The picture was
taken from the Pleasant Street canal bridge.
Blackstone Canal looking south from below and south of the canal bridge on Main Street / Route 122A, across the street from the former Fisherville Mill
site in South Grafton. The white snake like structures across the canal are oil absorption booms that prevent bunker oil still seeping into the canal from going downstream into the Blackstone River.
Photo of the Providence & Worcester trestle bridge crossing the Blackstone River in Saundersville, South Grafton. This bridge is located off Elmwood Street
and Canal Street, near the present day signalized railroad grade crossing on Pleasant Street.
This bridge is on the proposed route of the BlackstoneRiver Bikeway and is adjacent to Grafton's Follette Street Park, directly on the north side of the railroad line and one of several open space sites that could be linked together to form a South Grafton Greenway.
This bridge is just west of the site of the former Saundersville passenger station, operated by the New Haven Railroad. That site is now a vacant lot off Elmwood Street. The wooden railroad station still exists, cleverly disguised as a residential house in another location on Elmwood Street. The Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal combine at this point and run together parallel with Canal Street until they cross under Pleasant Street at Leland's Landing, an historic canal lock keeper and trading post site on the Blackstone Canal dating from the late 1820's, where one of the three canal locks in South Grafton was located. The granite bridge abutments are generally believed to date from the start of the railroad in 1847 and are one of four railroad related sites in Grafton listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places. The abutments are similar in size and style to those found at the railroad bridge crossing overhead on Route 122A in Wilkinsonville near the Aggregate Industries plant and Sutton's new Tricentennial Park. The steel railroad trestle, believed to date from the early 1900's, reportedly replaced one of several sets of wooden covered bridges found throughout the early Worcester to Providence railroad line.
I've had an opportunity this weekend to walk alongside the Blackstone Canal
section in Grafton from just south of Depot Street (Farnumsville Mill) down to
the Grafton / Northbridge town line. This may not be new information to some
of you but here's what we found. (Additional Pictures coming later)
I walked (safely) along the P & W railroad tracks
along the proposed
I went down to the west side of the canal and backtracked
up alongside the
The canal is tucked down at the base of a steep slope
underneath the east
I saw what appear to be two breaches in the east side
of the canal, but it
Heading north back north towards Depot Street the canal
jogs slightly to the
All of the canal in this section south of Depot Street
actually shows up
I later met and talked with Mr. & Mrs. Scott Saltus
who live alongside the
I also asked them about the trees and debris collecting
in the canal next to
The attached picture was taken in January, 2005. It shows
the canal directly
One question - is what side would the towpath have been
on, east or west of
If the towpath was on the west side of the canal than
the railroad may in
Really just amazing that this particular section of the
Blackstone Canal is