Neponset River at Lower Mills

The Lower Mills is a historic district that straddles the Neponset River between the Dorchester area of Boston and the town of Milton, MA.

Its main defining character is the network of attractive brick mill buildings that were part of the Walter Baker & Company, the first chocolate factory in the United States. Most of the buildings were constructed from 1868 until 1947.

Before the advent of electricity, the Neponset River was harnessed for water power. A series of dams was built to power the mills, including this man-made waterfall.

Interesting to see nature and industry coming together in defining history in this part of the city.

The Lower Mills complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s.

In 2022, the Lower Neponset River was designated a Superfund site by the EPA.

(LAPC: Urban environments)

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