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The Canal Looking North from Viaduct, Shelton, Conn.
"...the Ousatonic Water Company in 1863 began to construct a dam across the Housatonic River, and after several washouts, it was completed in 1870. Unfortunately, the completed dam washed out in 1891, necessitating a different, sloping apron style of construction for its replacement. The Company then began to promote Huntington as a site for industry, advertising its canal as a source of water power. It rented parcels of its acreage to companies that by 1896 numbered twenty-five. to accommodate the new businesses and to carry their freight, the railroad was extended from Derby in 1888 through Shelton to Newtown. To cross over the canal and railroad, an iron viaduct Bridge was constructed that year as well. In 1899, a trolley line was built in the City, linking Shelton with Derby and nearby towns..." www.electronicvalley.com/ tour / Sheltonhistory.htm