October 17th, 2005

if only i'd seen it then

frankie amarosa heating & plumbing (winchester, nh USA)

Frankie Amarosa owns half of this run-down depressed ex-milltown in southern NH where I live. This building is directly across the street from my house and we expect it to fall into the Ashuelot River any day now. I took these pictures yesterday afternoon half expecting it not to be there when we got back from dinner. (You can see how high the floodwaters are in the last picture.) 150 years ago this was a booming milltown with at least 8 paper and box factories.

Now there's 1 paper mill still functional (pictures of one of the 19th century burned-out ones coming soon!) and a gas station. This building is on a street that was a major road until Route 119 got built in the 40s or 50s, so it may have had many incarnations before it became storage for Frankie Amarosa's plumbing & heating equipment, and a home to many neighborhood cats.

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Dam Shows devastation of past flood

This is an old Dam that Megan and I came across outside of Marquette. It appears to have once been a source of power for the factories outside of the city. The once full reservoir is now just a small river that appears to be several feet deep...perhaps up to 10-12 feet in some areas. The building looks like it has been abandoned for years and the damn is broken in several areas making me think that it may have even been pre-cold war era.

Apparently, the dam was in operation up until a few years ago. There was a gigantic flood that completely covered a lot of the Upper Peninsula. It got to the point of being so severe that even the government was called in and Federal Aid was requested.

Some more information:

On May 14, 2003 the breaching of an earthen dike about 30 miles west of Marquette drained Silver Lake Basin and started a chain reaction of flooding on the Dead River that eventually destroyed the Tourist Park Dam and Tourist Park Lake in the City of Marquette. While this flooding on the Dead River may have caused an unfortunate amount of destruction, it has led to opportunities and decisions that can benefit the surrounding Marquette community as a whole.


Information on the dam Megan and I saw, known as the Tourist Park Watershed:

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Rossville Shipyards, Staten Island

Haven't posted in a while, I apologize for that. Haven't done much exploring since Renwick back in August. This sunday, though, I ventured onto Staten Island for the first time and discovered the Rossville Shipyards. I had heard much talk about it, and seen many pictures, but being there in person wasa sight to behold. It was dangerous and heart-pounding as I felt at any moment I could fall through the rotten, creaky boards of the dilapidated docks, but in my 2 hour visit I came away unscathed. Next time I go back, I will be sure to bring a raft, since nearly 90% of the yard is inaccessible on foot (and even the docks can really only be reached at low tide.) You can see on the satellite image how far it sprawls, yet the photos I took are really only of the far eastern point. Next time. Please enjoy the 30 photos I have posted here (I took over 100, these were some of the best.)

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