In the afternoon I saw bird of prey soaring over the lake, and grabbed a camera to see if I could get a picture.
|Osprey over Lake Wicwas|
I didn't even realize what I had captured until I blew the pictures up. This is something you don't see every day:
On a walk up to Meredith Center we stopped to look at the ruins of the old mill on the river between Lake Wicwas and Lake Winnisquam. Because all the leaves are off the trees, I saw something I hadn't noticed before - a large metal wheel near the river. I'm pretty sure it is the turbine from a hydro-electric generator, probably put in place to power the mill once electricity replaced mechanical power.
From this side you can see the vanes where the water flowed down and through - the turbine would be mounted 90 degrees from its current resting position, turning a vertical shaft which drove the generator. The water exited through the fins seen on the outside of the prior picture.
I can't figure out exactly how the river was diverted to flow down through the turbine, but I'm guessing it is sitting pretty much where it was used, so the water probably flowed through the stone channel and then reentered the river off to the left through the granite opening.
My curiosity is now heightened about the history of this mill site. The water of Lake Wicwas has served a lot of purposes over the years.
|Mill Site in Meredith Center|