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Address: Lawrence, MA

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this dam deserves better attention and notice

this dam was an early industrial triumph... but it is ignored and forgotten by those who pass by daily. It was the first time concrete injections were used to build such a... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2015
Bethann S
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

this dam was an early industrial triumph... but it is ignored and forgotten by those who pass by daily. It was the first time concrete injections were used to build such a structure and was at its time the largest dam made. Read and discover more about it before you visit... look at the dam from the landing downstream. Go... More 

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Lawrence, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2015

Not much to see except dam. It is privately owned as a power generator. It has a lock system to allow salmon to go up stream that can be seen along the "left"side. The canal system that fed the mills with water for turbines also are still along side. History

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Kansas City, Missouri
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210 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Needs explanation. Hard to appreciate when driving by. Lawrence has a lot of industrial history. If you have time to explore and learn about it in depth, it is well worth it.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013

If you like water going over the dam that is all that will capture your sights. Rt 28 is noisy and the area is not the best at times.

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Colorado USA
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136 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2013

Not the most spectacular dam you may see but it is long and holds back the mighty Merrimack River coming all the way fro the White Mts of NH and going out to Salisbury MA Atlantic Ocean. Check out nearby Lawton's for a super hot dog when viewing.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2012

Just an old dam that stops the flow of water down the Merrimack River. It's used to make hydro power. No place to park other than on a side street. Not worth your visit.

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Boston
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

The constant construction work and no parking. There is no historical marker and so much history to share! Shame on Lawrence for not promoting its history!

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Florida
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116 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Lawrence is a very interesting city with a very interesting history. In particular, I encourage visitors to study the famous 1912 textile workers strike. Women workers, from a great variety of ethnic groups, took charge of the strike and - surprise - they won a notable victory.... In labor legends, this became known as 'the Bread and Roses strike." Unfortunately,... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2012

Built by Cork Irish before the Civil War, this dam is responsible for the existence of the City of Lawrence. It may be the larget all stone dam anywhere. Just imagining the coffer dams, the lack of huge machinery, the lack of computers for design, etc, is mind boggling.

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