The Breaking of the Great Birmingham Dam.

Issue 13 and Volume 1891 9.

The Breaking of the Great Birmingham Dam. The great dam aeross the Housatonic river, between Birmingham and Shelton, Conn., the partial destruction of which we illustrate herewith, was one of the largest structures of its kind in the eastern States. It was built in 1870, in the most solid manner, and was 637 feet in length, with about 75 feet of abutments, and was considered so substantially and safely constructed that when, on January 11 and 12, a sudden rise in the river occurred and the heavy ice was broken up and carried down, badly damaging the railroad bridge at that point, little or no apprehension was felt for the safety of the dam. i he flood, however, increased in volume, the water rising steadily, until, when, upon January 28, the level of the river had reached a greater height than for many years past, the structure was unable to…

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