Falls Village

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Falls Village

Postby fender52 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:21 am

I found this photo while going through old family photos. Probably taken by my grandfather late 30's or 40's. Northbound passenger at the Falls at Falls Village on the Berkshire.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby Greg Moore » Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:17 am

Great photo. One interesting detail is how few trees/bushes there were compared to now.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby dcm74 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:05 pm

Greg Moore wrote:Great photo. One interesting detail is how few trees/bushes there were compared to now.

A few extra sparks from the coal burners constituted vegetation control.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby Greg Moore » Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:58 pm

dcm74 wrote:
Greg Moore wrote:Great photo. One interesting detail is how few trees/bushes there were compared to now.

A few extra sparks from the coal burners constituted vegetation control.


Actually in this case, more likely a reflection of the still relatively newness of the canal :-)
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Re: Falls Village

Postby fender52 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:31 am

Looking back I found that the power plant was built in 1914. I was probably off in my dating of the photo. I know my family lived in the same house in that area since the 1880s.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby Greg Moore » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:48 pm

fender52 wrote:Looking back I found that the power plant was built in 1914. I was probably off in my dating of the photo. I know my family lived in the same house in that area since the 1880s.


Where exactly if I may ask?

I grew up in the Falls Village Depot for a bit and two houses along Dublin Road.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby fender52 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:38 am

Greg,
The house was on Dugway Rd, up on a small hill from the road, across from the power plant.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby Greg Moore » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:00 pm

fender52 wrote:Greg,
The house was on Dugway Rd, up on a small hill from the road, across from the power plant.


Ok, I know the area well!

We redid the house on the bend in the river (has a barn across the street) back in the early 80s.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby fender52 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:36 am

That's the house, except the barn is gone I believe.

The location was always perfect for watching the trains heading north and south above the power plant.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby Engineer Spike » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:04 am

Where in Falls Village was the HRR shops? Is there anything left, foundations...
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Re: Falls Village

Postby NaugyRR » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:07 am

There's a pull-off for the Great Falls on River Road where there's a trail that leads to the remains of the shops. Nothing really left structure-wise, just looks like an overgrown swamp, haha. There's some signage along the trail that has history and some pretty good pictures of what was there.
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Re: Falls Village

Postby Greg Moore » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:52 pm

NaugyRR wrote:There's a pull-off for the Great Falls on River Road where there's a trail that leads to the remains of the shops. Nothing really left structure-wise, just looks like an overgrown swamp, haha. There's some signage along the trail that has history and some pretty good pictures of what was there.


If you're there in August, they sometimes drain the canal and hence the pool behind the dam and you can see even more stuff.

But yeah, not much left there.

Not overly useful (since there's very little topo information)

http://images.lib.uconn.edu/cdm/singlei ... aps/id/789

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