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Brattleboro Canal?


From today in history 11/2/16:

1888:

The Main street canal has been dredged out this week, about six inches of deposit being scraped up and carted off. Common report has it that a charter for the “Brattleboro Canal company” is being drawn up and that its passage will be asked of the legislature permitting navigation to be opened between the Vermont National bank corner and the junction of No. Main and Asylum streets.

I'd be curious to know more about this, I'm assuming it must have been down between the river and railroad tracks.

Makes me curious about the origins of Canal Street too.

Will have to do some Historical Society digging.

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good question and some clues

It was a short diversion on the Whetstone, just south of it, that started near Brook St and went to a pond located where the coop parking lot is now. Didn't meet the Connecticut.

This proposal above calls for a new canal to be added on, ad seemingly to make it go up Main St. I would guess that this never happened.

If you have the old Brattleboro Maps book, the downtown map of 1895 shows the canal. The historical society would likely have more maps and photos. I'd love to know more... I think you have a good research project there. : )

 
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but

Not sure why they call it the Main st canal, though. Don't see that on the map,

 

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