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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., The Medford Indian monument (search)
r. Brooks replaced their plain wooden bridge with one of dressed stone, a beautiful elliptic arch of Chelmsford granite, which was in keeping with his well-kept grounds that were a place of beauty. Through these passed the leisurely travel and traffic of a century ago, when people had not the feverish haste of the locomotive engine. In 1852 the canal ceased operation. Its location was either purchased by or reverted to the former owners, and in some places it was obliterated. But Mr. Edward Brooks was in no hurry to remove the graceful arch. Perhaps he respected the wish of his kinsman, the historian, who in 1855 wrote: we truly hope that this picturesque object may be allowed to remain in memoriam, —a gravestone to mark where the highway of the waters lies buried. He was succeeded by his son Francis as owner in 1878. The Medford historian (Rev. Charles Brooks) also wrote that no Indian necropolis has as yet been discovered, though one probably exists on the borders of our