A regular reader sent along these photos of Butler’s Toothpick, a navigation aid at the mouth of the Merrimack River. The photographer’s email follows. I must admit, I’ve never heard of this before but I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in the vicinity.
I thought you might find this interesting for your blog: My family camps at the Salisbury Beach Reservation all the time. While taking a bike ride up to the mouth of the Merrimack River I came across this sign. I’ve gone by this sign many times but this time it caught my eye. The sign is in the parking lot closest to the river, facing the walkway that goes back to the picnic pavilion headed towards the toothpick. I never knew this navigational aid was commissioned by Ben Butler so many years ago. History and Lowell related things are all around you even when you aren’t looking for them!