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Image of Holyoke’s wooden dam, the first successful structure to harness the Connecticut River for its power-generating potential. Built in 1849, it was replaced by the current stone dam in 1900. In the foreground the water of the Connecticut River…

I this image there are dozens of laborers working on what looks like the Old Dam in Holyoke over the Connecticut River. Some men hold tools that they used, some just stand and pose for the camera.

In this image, the New Dam in being created in front of the Old Dam. There are men standing on top of the New Dam, some working, some talking amongst themselves. The Connecticut River can be seen running from the Old Dam and underneath the New Dam.…