f dredging and widening our river and making a storage basin of the lower lake for the monitors of the navy.
But a few years before there had been built the dam at the Partings, and the upper lake had become the Charlestown water supply.
Seven additional drawbridges would have added nothing to the beauty of the scene, and as the monitors soon became obsolete, it was well the project was abandoned and the lower lake did not become a floating junk-yard.
Another project that failed was, in 1876, the Mystic Valley railroad that began to fill an embankment requiring a bridge across the old course of the Aberjona at the upper end of the lake.
This, the upper reach of the Mystic (and sometimes called Symmes' river) had been crossed by the long wooden aqueduct of the canal in 1802, replaced by the substantial stone structure of 1827, removed in 1865, as was also the Symmes dam and waterpower the same year.
If we trace the stream farther up we go beyond old Medford bounds and out of U
the others went on to Boston by stage.
The trip took six weeks, and they traveled over thirteen hundred miles.
Mr. Bigelow kept a journal, noting each day's progress, the inns at which they stayed, the kind of accommodations offered guests, the conditions of the country, business situations, and the people met. Of scenery and the great natural curiosity which prompted the trip he wrote minutely.
His manuscript, lost for many years, was found and compiled for publication by a grandson in 1876.
A copy of a Journal of a Tour to Niagara Falls in the Year 1805 by Timothy Bigelow, is in our public library, but the one the writer was privileged to use bore the following inscription, in a free, manly handwriting:—
Martin Burridge Esq, with the kind Regards of, Abbott Lawrence, April 17TH 1877
The following, from the introduction, adds a little more to our knowledge of the man, and shows the taste, energy and genius that enabled him to create the most elegant estate, though not the