The pictures above, except for the one with the caption that mentions
    the Milford Ice Company dam, were taken from Draper Corporation
    photography department negatives at the Bancroft Library.

    Note the white town line on the GoogleEarth view above. Milford is above and to the right of the line,
    Upton on the left and Hopedale is below the line. Route 140 runs across the view from right to left,
    more or less in the middle. This ;has often seemed to me like a strange change in the town line
    which up to that point is fairly straight in its division of Hopedale and Milford. My guess is that when the
    town line was drawn during the 1886 separation of Hopedale from Milford, the Hopedale people, or
    the Draper people (well, same thing) wanted the Mill Pond, all or at least half, to be part of Hopedale
    because of their interest in water rights. Draper Company owned the water rights to North Pond,
    which is upstream from the pond on this page. By 1886, they were getting beyond the point where
    water power was a factor, but perhaps there was still some use of it. Another possibility is brought up
    by the caption on the picture at the top of the page. Had the Hopedale Coal & Ice Company bought the
    Milford Ice Company and saw some advantage to having the pond become part of Hopedale? We'll
    probably never know, but if I can find anything on it, I'll add it here.

    That strange little chunk of Hopedale that juts up north of Route 140 and through the pond is the
    reason that when traveling from Hopedale toward Upton, you pass an Entering Hopedale sign, and
    then within a couple of hundred yards or so, you see that you are Entering Upton.

    Arnold Nealley refers to the pond as Taylor's Marsh. The Lee Taylor family used to live in a house on
    the west side of the pond. Taylor worked for Hopedale Coal & Ice, which seems a hint that H C & I had
    an interest in the area. It makes me think that they may have owned the house and much of the land in
    the area, and that Taylor probably rented the house from the company.

    In the picture below, you can see the town boundary stone in the middle of the Mill River, where it runs
    under Route 140.

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Looking downstream where water goes under Route 140.

    During the middle of January 2015, I passed by the pond several times, and each time I wondered why
    it was so low, and who controlled the level of the dam. I stopped for the pictures you see below on
    January 22, (and again on January 23) and then came to the conclusion that it wasn't a matter of
    lowering the boards, but that they were all gone. You can compare the pictures below that show the
    dam with several of those above. The dam, at least the part that was holding back the water, is gone.

    Photos above taken on January 22, 2015.
    Photos below, January 23, 2015.