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Mill Pond Conservation Area

the Mill Pond Conservation Area is part of Burlington .

Interesting places in Mill Pond Conservation Area:
Mill Pond Reservoir  


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The Burlington (MA) High School Class of 1973's 37th Class Reunion This event was held on October 9th, 2010 at the American Legion Hall in Burlington, MA. These are all reduced resolution photos - if you would like copies of the full-size originals by email, please send a note to me. Please feel free to leave comments in the space provided below the photos. If you are in a photo a photo and do not wish it to remain on display, contact me and it will be removed right away. If you've got photos taken at the reunion and would like to share with us (we'd love to have them!) please drop me a note and we'll make arrangements. In the mean time, these are the photos I've received to post so far. Lastly, anyone that has a free Yahoo email account and a Flickr account (Flickr is this site being used to share these photos), can tag people in the photos. Flickr has both subscription based and FREE membership options. The free version (that's the one I'm using here) is a great way to share up to 100 megabytes of pictures.

To the fill pipe

To the fill pipe
Made by NGaffey
The reservoir is filled by pumping water from the Shawsheen River in Billerica, about 4 1/2 miles away. This brings water from one watershed to another, as the Shawsheen is a tributary of the Merrimack River and the reservoir lies within the Ipswich River Watershed. The Ipswich River bubbles out of a swamp about a thousand feet north of this photo (it's really just another tributary, but it according to a place names index I found years ago, it is the Ipswich River -further north is the larger, longer Saw Mill Brook, another tributary -why that wasn't tagged as the Ipswich, as opposed to the random tiny stream that is, is unknown) and two of its tributaries run under and join as one in conduits buried under the mud floor of the reservoir (the two brooks that run under the reservoir once fed the Mill Pond from which the reservoir gets its name)

This brook runs under the reservoir.

This brook runs under the reservoir.
Made by NGaffey
Under the North Dike, it makes its way in a pipe under the reservoir, where it joins another brook, which runs in a similar fashion under the South Dike, the combined brooks empty into a wetland on the other side of the Main Dam. The red thing is a valve which closes a gate in the pipe, in the event that the pipe breaks, to avoid flooding the Locust Street area in Burlington. The original plans for the reservoir did not include the North Dike, the shore of the reservoir would have followed the contours in the land and would have backed right up to Locust Street at Makechnie Ave and the borrk would have emptied right into the res. I think they wanted a better buffer between the water supply and civilization, so the North Dike was added (maybe they needed this brook to run into the wetland on the other side too)

International Motor Truck L-120 ∋

International Motor Truck L-120 ∋
Made by nsub1
All these photos are of an International Motor Truck model L-120 I found out in Mill Pond Reservoir up in Burlington, Massachusetts. The plaque on the inside indicates it is a L-120 model with a SD-220 engine, chassis serial number 1110, engine serial number 3194. This would place it as a 1950–1952 vehicle, as far as I can tell. Waymark WM1DY8.

It's only a couple of feet below capacity.

It's only a couple of feet below capacity.
Made by NGaffey
When the reservoir is to capacity, the top of the fill pipe is about a foot under water. The reservoir holds about a half billion gallons of water and is the Town of Burlington's secondary water supply, after the Vine Brook Aquifer on the other side of town, which provides most of the Town's water needs.

Looking towards the Mill Pond Reservoir down the hill (Burlington, Massachusetts)

Looking towards the Mill Pond Reservoir down the hill (Burlington, Massachusetts)
Made by NGaffey
The Center Street Standpipe (water tower) in Burlington Center is visible on the horizon, just to the right of the right most power line tower. Some of the water from the reservoir will end up there after it's treated.

Fork

Fork
Made by NGaffey
Right leads towards Town Line Road and the spot where the Ipswich River bubbles out of the ground, the left is where I came from, the path to the reservoir is to my back.

Towards Town Line Road and Wilmington.

Towards Town Line Road and Wilmington.
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The water tower in the distance is off of Hillside Way in Wilmington. The Mill Pond Reservoir doesn't supply and water to it, as Wilmington has its own water supply.

Frog Hole

Frog Hole
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This is on the Big Rock. It's a small hole in the rock that has water in it. When I was about 3 years old, I dipped my finger in it and a small frog hopped out.

New treatment plant

New treatment plant
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I'm standing in Woburn, the plant is in Burlington. The nexus of Burlington, Woburn and Wilmington is about 50 feet to my right.

Edge of the sludge lagoons

Edge of the sludge lagoons
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These were built in the early 1990s to keep silt that was transported from the Shawsheen from filling up the reservoir

Electrifying!

Electrifying!
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Edison has an easement for its power lines that run through the Mill Pond Conservation area and over the reservoir.

The Big Rock

The Big Rock
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This seemed almost insurmountable when I was a kid. I didn't climb it this time, but I went over it on my way back.

Dam!

Dam!
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The Main Dam. Follows the contours of the town line, which runs about 200 feet to the left.

Josh - Drops @ Res

Josh - Drops @ Res
Made by itsnotprint
A sketchy 5-footer—photo does this zero justice, but still liked the shot.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock
Made by NGaffey
My sister and I used to play on this rock, pretending it was a castle

Mill Pond Reservoir

Mill Pond Reservoir
Made by UnstoppableDrew
Shot from the southwest end looking northeast.

Cellarhole

Cellarhole
Made by NGaffey
Another sign of a previous civilization.

In a small valley

In a small valley
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Which seemed huge when I was a kid.

Stone wall

Stone wall
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Signs of an earlier civilization



Nearest places of interest:

Marshall Simonds Middle School
Burlington Memorial Elementary School
Archstone Burlington Apartments
Kimball Court Apartments
  Mill Pond Reservoir
Altavesta Elementary School
Ristuccia Arena
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

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