what was to be considered high-water mark.
There was said to have been a hole drilled in the ledge to show it.
Again, about 1800, complaint was made of flowage of meadows.
Suit was brought for damages, resulting (see Sullivan
's land titles) in a decision of Supreme Court, October, 1800, establishing rights to flow the land in question by the defendant, Samuel Tufts
, as follows: he ‘has had, and now has, prescriptive right to keep up the dam, in the same situation and height, as in his plea he has declared.’
There are many other suits on record, too numerous to mention.
was discovered by Governor Winthrop
, as he records in his journal, February 7, 1631, ‘The Governor, Mr. Nowell
, Mr. Eliot
, and others, went over the Mystic river
, and going north and by east among the rocks about two or three miles, they came to a very great pond having an island and divers small rocks, standing up here and there in it, which they therefore called Spot Pond
They went all about it on the ice.’
The pond then covered about 150 acres, but by the erection of the first dam in 1642 was raised slightly, and the evidence shows that it was raised at various times during the following one hundred and fifty years, in all 8 or 9 feet, making a pond of about 296 acres, high-water mark being 153.76 feet above Boston city base.
This is as it was until Medford
, in 1896, raised it slightly, so that, May 1, 1896, it was a reservoir above Medford
's water main of a little more than 900,000,000 gallons, giving us a pressure of 53 pounds per square inch at the water office.
The Metropolitan board have since raised it 9.24 feet to elevation 163 above Boston city base, enlarging the capacity considerably and giving us a pressure at present of 60 pounds per square inch at the square.
The Metropolitan board have improved and beautified Spot Pond
as well as made it an ideal reservoir, and