Sunday, January 25, 2015

Much about mulch: spontaneous combustion

Out of control mulch fire in Helotes, Texas (February 2007)
Mulch, stored in huge piles 10 to 20 feet deep, has been known to build up enough heat from internal decomposition to start a fire. Near the tiny Texas town of Helotes, a huge mulch fire burned for three months before it died out in March 2007.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Then and Now

The familiar Dennison Manufacturing Company complex was
the Para Rubber Shoe Company until 1893 (?)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weston Aqueduct

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The Weston Aqueduct was built early in the 20th century during the third phase of the evolution of the Greater Boston water supply system, now administered by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). During this phase, the other major elements of the water supply included the Sudbury Dam and Reservoir, and the Wachusett Aqueduct and Reservoir. The purpose of the aquedect and Weston Reservoir were to channel water to the suburbs north of Boston via Spot Pond in Stoneham. The aqueduct was built between 1901 and 1903, under the supervision of the Frederic T. Stearns, the chief engineer of the MWRA predecessor, the Metropolitan Water Board.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Beauty at Night

Downtown Framingham