e field near by, covered with the accumulated moss of more than forty years.
Some fifty bridges spanned the canal, part of which were for the highways; the rest were to connect private property divided by the canal.
They were built with abutments of boulders and floors of wood, and the latter were known as accommodation bridges.
A notable exception to the general construction was and is the one near High street at West Medford.
This was built at Mr. Peter C. Brooks' expense, at about 1820.
The engineer who designed it was George Rumford Baldwin (son of Col. B.), and it is a fitting monument to his skill, as well as a gravestone to mark where the highway of the waters is buried.
The towpath in summer became a favorite walk out from Boston and from the several villages, a veritable Lovers' Lane, and some of the taverns were noted as the resort of pleasure parties, notably the one at Horn Pond in Woburn.
In the winter the pleasure seekers forsook the path, for with the closing