The Old Spillway 5 is at the juncture of Appleton Street and Water Street.
This is were the spillway number 5 used to be before it was taken out. Stand on Appleton Street between Water Street and the juncture of North Canal and South Canal Streets. Look to the north. There is the spillway. The water in the Second Level Canal once flowed a half mile farther south. Now this portion is just a safety canal. It is the southeastern end of the Second Level Canal.
History of the Canals by their Development in Lengths
First Level Canal:
1847 to 1853 dug to 350 feet north of Dwight Street
1871 to 1872 dug to Appleton Street
1872 to 1880 dug to 75 feet north of Cabot Street
1880 to 1883 dug to Sargeant
Second Level Canal:
1847 to 1853 dug along the western branch from County Bridge to 150 feet north of Cabot and Race
1854 to 1857 dug south to the end
1872 to 1874 dug along the eastern branch from County Bridge to Lyman Street at the River
1880 to 1882 dug along the eastern branch to 600 feet more
1888 to 1892 dug to Appleton
Third Level Canal:
unknown – dug from Race to Cabot
1880 to 1884 dug from Cabot to Appleton
The mill to your west is the Whitmore Paper Mill
The mill to your southwest is the Marvellum or Springfield Photo Mount firm.