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Medford Branch canal. ON May 16, 1805, the Massachusetts Legislature passed An act to incorporate Benjamin Hall, Esquire and others, by the Name of Proprietors of the Medford Branch Canal and Locks between the Middlesex Canal and Mystic River, and easterly of the Post Road leading from Charlestown to Medford. A bibliography of that old Middlesex canal would be of much interest as, judging by the articles (often illustrated) that have appeared in the weekly issues of Boston papers, t
rete masonry, erected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
During their construction there stood a few rods away the last visible remains of Benjamin Hall's enterprise of a century earlier, the river lock of the Branch canal.
At its beginning Mr. Hall had attained an age at which most men retire from active enterprise.
He saw it completed and ten years in use ere he passed on.
We can record no story of sentiment or romance of it. Probably none of the excursions to Bacon's grove or the Lak