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Post  obervantone on Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:19 pm

(Let's see how long it takes)

The meaning of Winnipesaukee...I've seen several translations. My personal favorite is Beautiful Water in a High Place...but here are the ones I have found.

"The Smile of the Great Spirit"
"Beautiful Water in a High Place"
"Good Smooth Water at Outlet"
"Land Around Lake"
"at the lake in the vicinity of which there are other lakes and ponds"
"where the water flows out"


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Post  WHL on Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:11 pm

Three and five are very odd.
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Post  obervantone on Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:04 am

If you think about it, #5 is just a wordy way to say Lakes Region. And you have to remember that before Europeans arrived ...pre-dams...the lake had a different configuration and water pattern.

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Post  WHL on Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:19 pm

A lady who was like a mother to my mother who died in 1954 told my mother that the water in the lake used to be a whole lot higher on my parent's property a long time ago.
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Post  obervantone on Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:01 pm

I'd have to do a little research but I think the dams went up in the 19th century...that would have raised the water level but only to the level that it is currently.

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Post  WHL on Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:34 pm

I really don't know what she was referring to but I always wondered.
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Post  obervantone on Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:35 pm

It appears the first dam was built in 1766, rebuilt in 1828 and built of stone in 1851 a second dam was built in 1861
According to this document, the lake was 5 to 12 feet lower than it is today.

An interesting read.

http://weirsbeach.com/reasons-to-visit/history/natives/

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