Why Was There a Tunnel Beneath Main St.?

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Tunnel Vision

The current road work upgrading Main St. in Claremont included digging up a large tunnel beneath the street last week.  The passageway was actually a tunnel for Sullivan Machinery to move product back and forth from the forge shop that was located in the Sawtooth Building.

“It was put in when Sullivan enlarged the Sawtooth Building in the early teens,” Claremont Historical Society president Wayne McElreavy told the e-Ticker News. Dotted lines on the accompanying 1918 map show the location of the tunnel leading to the Sullivan Machine Company complex from the forge. “As far as I know, all of the other tunnels were penstocks, or sluiceways, used for diverting water for power,” he added.
The City is re-constructing a portion of Main Street from Opera House Square to Union Street.  This includes the roadway, all utilities, sidewalks and miscellaneous items.  This project is expected to continue into November of this year.
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Claremont MakerSpace recently celebrated its grand opening in the Sawtooth Building; CMS is a community-oriented creative hub, designed to help members put shape to their ideas. It offers affordable, membership-based access to specialty and hi-tech tools, education, room to work, and a community of like-minded creative people, bringing new life and purpose to one of Claremont’s historic mill buildings.


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