The dam that's at Church St. and 173 is still there. Shows on Google Maps satellite image. It's still in the same place it was when I was a kid growing up in Alpha
. You can pan the satellite image down stream and see another dam. Even further down stream is a third dam just before the old paper mill. I was at my 50th high school class reunion in November and one of my classmates worked his entire life at the mill until it closed. I panned up stream a ways but didn't see any other dams. Maybe I didn't go far enough.
A second classmate is a third generation farmer in Springtown. Tells me he can no longer sell development rights off his farm. Something to do with preserving farmland. What's that all about? He's just lost his retirement nestegg.