We went a short distance toward the Dam on the right. When we got to the entrance of the dam, we took the left. The road we took was just before the bridge in the on the loop road. The road left had a gate on it restricting vehicles from entering. Continuing a short distance lead us back on Route 233. To the right was a guard rail on the road and from where we stood a short distance down we could see the Duck Brook Road sign.
We crossed the road and went left a very short distance. Just off the road was an old trail heading into the woods. Sometimes there is debris at the mouth of the road but today it was clean.
Just after we started walking on this trail I looked to my right and started seeing concrete foundations. Inside the "foundation" wall was sandy mossy ground, trees and shrub were growing inside and on the ends of the concrete wall we found old rock/brick wells with pipe holes inside them. The wells were shallow and dried up and crumbling. in 2016 I started reading about the history of Eagle Lake so I knew it was a water filtration system to supply Bar Harbor with drinking water back in 1901
following each system we counted three leading up to the stone tower
The old cast metal hose no longer in use. It has been replaced with poly pipes
Directions to the 700,000 gallon water reservoir and 500,000 gallon metal tank
When Dave and I found the abandoned stone water tower trail close to Eagle lake along with the water filtration system that was used at the time to supply the drinking water from Eagle Lake to Bar Harbor in the late 1800's when Bar Harbor was a summer place for the rich and famous, the early Rusticans and the Philanthropists. Today thanks to posts from J R Libby from his Abandoned Trails post we followed his directions back to the Duck Brook Road and parked at the Duck Brook turrets bridge. Dave and I have biked and hiked Witch Hole times before and didn't realize what was located right under our noses. So today we were on a mission to find the abandoned 700,000 gallon water reservoir and 500,000 gallon metal water tank sitting somewhere on a hill as shown from maps in my July 2016 blog. Driving down the Duck Brook Rd until we got to the swamp where the beaver house is located on the left hand side of the road and that same side the water pump station, we parked on the right side of the road where other vehicles were parked. We were planning on finding both today. Instead of going across the bridge which takes you on a nice bike trail around Witch Hole Pond, today we went straight on the bikes. The road is closed to cars but bikes are allowed. We went right by the abandoned water reservoir the first time and biked around to the Park Loop Road to the bridge and found ourselves on top of the same bridge we were a short while ago underneath. On top was where I thought the reservoir was but not finding it, we retraced our tracks back under the bridge and once I looked at the map again we found we had gone right by it the first time...trying to be more observant when we retraced our track, knowing it had to be right in that general direction by the bridge, because when we were on top of the bridge Dave noticed the trail lead down the side of the bridge we could have saved ourselves time and work if we would have just walked our bikes down the slope of the bridge. Once back under the bridge I looked up to my left and noticed the rocks looked to be formed and rather man-made. Dave headed up the little hill and sure enough there it was.
behind us on the other side of the bridge toward the left we headed up the hill toward the right.
This reservoir was abandoned around 1928. At that time trees were the only thing filling this space. It was abandoned presuming it was worn out and leaking badly
This area burned in the great fire of 1947, as seen today by the charred remains of the trees inside the dried up stone reservoir
below are the new water lines pumping water to Bar Harbor-Dave and I checked out a few side trails and found these new pipes.
Once back to the truck. We walked to the water pump station and across the road from the pump house there were two paths going uphill. One had a big gate on it and in the distance we could see a wire fence. This is not the path we took. I believe it is the new tank that is in use up in that direction. Walking a little further same side of road we noticed what looked like another overgrown path heading up the hill. Getting close to it we found an old rusty chain hooked to the trees. We followed this path up the hill. The path opened up somewhat and was easy going. It was a short distance but all uphill
The 500,000 gallon water tank was build in the 1930's to replace the old water reservoir we just visited today. This was also found by directions from J R Libby
The elevation of this tank is at the base 325 feet above the pump house. The water couldn't gravity feed because of the incline so pumps were used at night to fill it during the peak summer months when water was in much demand from the booming tourist season. In 2001, another 500,000 concrete tank was built near this 1935 tank the one I believe is gated and fenced off. The purpose of the new tank was to further increase the contact time between the chlorine and water before it reaches the town. The tank behind us today is abandoned but looks to be in great shape as it sits on top of Great Hill.
Dave and I ride our bikes around Witch Hole Pond often and ride right by this place. Like most happy little things that we find while ON FOOT are the unusual, historical, unique, lost places. All we need is a general location and a good sense for adventure.