- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

WAKEFIELD, N.H. (AP) - A canal area that’s part of the border between New Hampshire and Maine has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Newichawannock Canal District forms the border between Wakefield, New Hampshire and Acton, Maine.

The name is believed to have come from the Abenaki Indians, meaning “river with many falls,” a reference to the Salmon Falls River.

From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, the canal increased the water supply system that powered Great Falls Manufacturing’s textile mill complex 25 miles downstream in Somersworth, New Hampshire, providing a constant and controlled source of water power and contributing to the region’s mill economy.

Coinciding with New Hampshire History Week, an event celebrating the listing on the National Register will take place at the Wakefield Town Hall in Sanbornville on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

The district has a lower canal that still conducts water from Great East Lake to Horn Pond, a stone arch bridge and piles of stones that appear to have been amassed during the construction of the canal.



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