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Cargill’s Creek Bridge

Cargill’s  Creek  Bridge is located along the Emerson-Thoreau Amble  in Concord’s Hapgood Wright Town Forest.  The Amble is a recreation of a walking path in the area presumed to have been frequented by Emerson and Thoreau when they walked from Emerson’s home to and from Walden Pond.  (http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2003/10/23/idea_of_landmark_trail_stirs_hope/ )
Cargill’s Creek is a tributary to the Mill Brook and is named after Hugh Cargill (d. 1799) a former Red Coat who changed allegiance just in time for the battle on April 19, 1775.  He became a prominent member of the Concord community and bequeathed to the town a farm on Walden Street for "the benefit of the poor", These days the revenue from the community gardens (which are on the original Cargill land) is added to the Hugh Cargill Trust Fund which grants up to $500 to needy townspeople.  For more information on Hugh Cargill visit the Special Collections area of the Concord Library.   The nearby Hugh Cargill well was reclassified as an active water source and placed online on August 1, 2001 after several years as an emergency source of Concord water. 
Cargill’s  Creek was originally called Cargill’s Ditch because it was built to drain a potential farm field.   
The water flows from Walden Pond underground seepage, just like Brister’s Spring (I believe) so one could say that Cargill’s Bridge spans Walden Pond waters (bit of a stretch but technically true)!

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