Headhouse Shaft No. 8 - Barre MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 42° 23.454 W 072° 03.610
18T E 741984 N 4697365
Quick Description: Shaft 8 is the intake facility for drawing water from the Ware River into the Quabbin Aqueduct. At the bottom of the 260' shaft, water can be conveyed either west, to Quabbin Reservoir, or east to Wachusett Reservoir.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2021 7:53:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM13XVA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII
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Long Description:
WHITE VALLEY (alt. 652, Town of Barre), 18.7 m. on State 122, is a rapidly disappearing mill village. The Headhouse Shaft No. 8 of the tunnel connecting the Enfield and Wachusett Reservoirs of the Metropolitan Water System is at 19 m. on State 122. Here the waters of Ware River are caught from October to June, falling 270 feet through a series of gates in the shaft into the tunnel, where they can be diverted in either direction.

American-Guide-Series - Massachusetts: a Guide to its Places and People, p.602

Driven passed this building a hundred times. Finally had a reason to stop and take a picture. Based on the description of this facility, to me it is a remarkable engineering feat.
Book: Massachusetts

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 602

Year Originally Published: 1937

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