NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The smokestack jutting more than 230 feet into the air is an iconic image in the village of Whitinsville as one travels down Main or Douglas streets.
It tells a story, one that started in the 1800s when John Whitin put Northbridge on a path that turned it into a bustling community with thousands of residents employed in its mills.
The smokestack, however, like its use, may soon be a thing of the past. Attached to the building which once provided power and heat to all the mills that made up Whitin Machine Works, it is unused, in disrepair, and ...