I’ve lived in New Ipswich for over 40 years and was completely unaware of a penstock that ran from Bank Village to Highbridge. New Ipswich had many mills that were powered by the Souhegan River. It is believed that it was constructed in the late 19th century.
After I posted a photo on Facebook many long time residents told stories about the pipe, how the leaks would form ice sculptures, how they rode their bikes along the pipe, had picnics and a few accidents.
I find it ironic that I learned that we already had a pipeline in town which used to carry water and that Kinder-Morgan wants to build one to carry explosive gas. We have a pipe, we don’t need another.