the iron was saved, and the wood sawed into four foot lengths, piled in lots, and sold at auction.
The old abutments of great boulders needed no repair.
The wooden piling was replaced by three pieces of split granite, and the season being favorable, the work had progressed so rapidly that these neared completion in January.
The total cost of the aqueduct and lock thus rebuilt was nearly $7,000. The stone was sunk into the river's bed, and so well did these men perform their work that no repairs were needed, when forty-five years later the Boston
avenue bridge was built upon it and served the public for twenty-seven years. Those who may have witnessed its demolition and the construction of the graceful granite arch now spanning the river, and remember the difficulties then encountered, can readily see that without the aid of steam and modern appliances, that this was a work of no little magnitude and speaks eloquently of the men who did it.
The lock was situated just south of the present Arlington street, and at the time when the writer first saw it, the woodwork had been long removed and only the boulders that composed its walls remained.
At the present, beneath the surface of Boston avenue, lie buried the foundation stones; a difficulty the workmen of the sewer and water department of these later years have to struggle with.
The tavern was located just north of the lock, and was built before the one at Wilmington
, which was its counterpart.
There was, however, on the spot an older building, which formed its ell, this shown by the difference in material and construction.
The addition, made in 1830, was upon the front, and contained a large dining room, and across the entrance hall was the barroom, where the boatmen indulged in rum and molasses, popularly known as ‘black strap.’
Two noble elms shaded the house and were sacrificed in the building of the avenue in ‘73.
In the spring of ‘89 the tavern was removed to the bank of the river, remodeled into tenements, and now stands at the end of Canal street.