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The canals were created in the mid-nineteenth century, in part to divert the power of the Connecticut river and expand commerce. Paper production was a staple of the mill towns in New England, and Holyoke was no different. The canals are the arteries of the area, created to power the mills with pure natural force. Men armed with picks and human will carved them out of the rocky soil of New England. However, dams made of wood broke and crumbled and there have been times in the past that they had to be removed or refitted. Interestingly, Holyoke boasts a lot of pride in the immigrants who came to the are just to work in the mills. It's worth a look and definitely a walk on the old walking tour path.
Weird things pulled out of the canals
The canals are on two levels, and are drained yearly in order to clean and check on the jagged rock walls that line the area. In November of 2016 a body was pulled out of the river, after a car chase with police. Construction equipment was pulled out of it in 2017, falling haphazardly in. In 2012, another human skull was found in the water.
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