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Photo Challenge #271

How good are “06880” readers?

Good enough that you can identify a random, falling apart, Rube Goldberg-esque collection of pipes, beams and machinery perfectly.

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed what remains of Rogers Septic Tanks, on the Post Road near Maple Avenue. (Click here for the photo.) 

Morley Boyd and Diane Bosch both knew exactly what and where it was.

According to Caroly Van Duyn, who took the intriguing picture, the building has stood for 120 years. Cast concrete septic systems were made there. It may be Westport’s last manufacturing facility,

Caroly went inside, and was fascinated.

“It was quite amazing, with signs of handmade ingenuity and craftsmanship through the machinery,” she says.

“As an artist myself, I am hands on in my own work. And as a working-class citizen, I am constantly reminded of the blood, sweat and tears that made our community.”

Rogers Septic Tanks will not last much longer. It will be demolished soon, and replaced by new homes.

This week’s Photo Challenge is also a tough one. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Evan Barr)

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