Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lake Assawompsett from Sampson's Grove, 1910

The view looks southwards across the open waters of Lake Assawompsett towards the City of Taunton's pumping station (now the Lakeville Town Offices) built in 1894 on the southern shore of the lake. Just visible beneath the cluster of oak leaves at the left is rip-rap covered roadway which extends into the lake to access the city's intake. At center right, barely discernible on the horizon at the edge of the cleared fields is the covered roof of the stone tower which had been built as a water tank for the never realized National Sailors' Home. It now stands (without the roof) on the Heritage Hill golf course.

City of Taunton Pumping Station from Sampson's Grove, photograph by Fred F. Churbuck, c. 1910.


Cindy Pinkney Canavan said...

Fred F. Churbuck was my great grandfather. Where did you get this picture?

Mike said...

Hi Cindy,

I have this view as a real photograph postcard - a photograph which was printed to postal card size and stamped on the reverse as a postcard. Churbuck was fairly well noted locally as a photographer and several of his views (mainly around Lake Assawompsett)were presumably taken for use by picture postcard publishers. Occassionally you can find these views through on line dealers including Ebay.

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