Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SouthCoast Photo of the Month


Here it is the June's SouthCoast Photo of the Month!


This submitted photo looks like something out of a new Indiana Jones movie. I can almost hear that eerie music that usually plays as Indy discovers some mystical object.


The reality is, this isn't the lush jungles of the Amazon, or some sort of ancient ruins. This is the remains of a large ice house located on the North Watuppa.


Apparently there is a little peninsula or island that juts into the North Watuppa. The ice house was built in the 1860's during a time before refrigeration when the ice business was quite profitable. The island was also the home of Interlachen, the stately home of Spencer Borden. The city of Fall River took possession of the this land somewhere around the late 1930's to secure the city's drinking supply. The cleared the land of any structures that might become a nuisance. The ice house was spared because of its size.


Today, this part of the city's history goes mostly unknown. For the past several years hiking tours have been offered, a chance to appreciate the beauty of the North Watuppa and the fascinating history behind securing it as our drinking supply.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who does hiking tours?

Anonymous said...

I am amazed that I have never heard about this before.

Lefty said...

I think Mondo Lizzie Borden covers this better than I. Check out the link!

http://lizzieandrewborden.com/MondoLizzie/2009/06/27/fall-river-history-club-tours-interlachen/

also check out this one too!

http://www.walden.org/education/TWS/AW/Alum_Units/AW_BestPractices/2004_Interlachen_Goncalo/Index_Goncalo_Interlachen.htm