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    Merrimack, new hampshire

    SOURCE: Manchester Union Leader, September 6, 1969

    BURIED TREASURE TALE REVIVED IN MERRIMACK
    by Carl Wentworth

    MERRIMACK--There's a lot of local history and speculation of buried
    treasure in the vicinity of the Anheuser-Busch Company construction
    project, now in its final stage of completion.
    History says there is a hoard of gold coins buried near the site. The
    coins are supposed to have belonged to John Cromwell of Tyngsboro,
    who established a fur trading outpost in Merrimack about 1665, near
    a rocky stretch of the Merrimack River, now called Cromwell's Falls.
    History also says that Cromwell was not above doing a "little
    cheating" of the Indians on the side, and as a result, they decided
    to give him the modern day "one way ticket to Hades." However,
    Cromwell found out about it and "took off for parts unknown." Not,
    however, before he had buried his treasure.
    The Indians were somewhat "put out" by this villain who obstructed
    their justice and burned his home to the ground. About two
    centuries later, that is the 1800's rumor had it that Cromwell's
    shovel and tongs were dug up near the falls, as was a stone with his
    name on it. The rumors started. Several farmers told of finding
    buried treasure but not finds were actually recorded.
    It is in this general area, where the new brewery is being erected,
    that a lock and channel were made to permit boats to navigate around
    Cromwell's Falls. The lock and channel were an extension of the
    Middlesex Canal, which linked the Merrimack River by means of the
    Concord River.
    The canal was commenced in 1794 and completed in 1803. This enabled
    boats to travel from Lowell to Haymarket Square in Boston by means
    of a series of locks, canals, aqueducts, culverst and tow lines.
    The Cromwell's Falls lock was one of the several locks built on the
    Merrimack and is believed to have been completed in 1814.
    However, the railroads came along and the locks and river fell into
    disuse. At the present time, if you look sharp from the Litchfield
    side of the Merrimack, you can see one of the remaining walls of the
    Cromwell's Falls lock. It is pretty well obstructed by bushes and
    shrubs, but it can be made out.
    The falls and locks got a shot in the arm by Thoreau who recalled
    that "from Bedford and Merrimack have been boated the bricks of which
    Lowell was made."
    The river boats resembled huge rafts and were capable of carrying
    about 16 cords of wood and about 1,000 bricks. Thoreau said "There
    were several canal boats at Cromwell's Falls, passing through the
    locks, for which he waited."
    Whether the Anheuser-Busch firm intends to develop this spot as a
    tourist attraction is not known at thie time, however, the legend is
    there and the spot could prove attractive.




 

 

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