John Ripley Freeman

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Ripley Freeman was born in West Bridgton, Maine back in 1855. He attended the country school in his home town before studying civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Science at the Department of Civil Engineering in 1876. He also received his BSc in 1878.

After he graduated, he worked at the Essex water power company. In 1886, he moved to Boston working for the Associated Mutual Fire Insurance Company as engineer and inspector. He was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics during WWI. He died in 1932, he was 77.

What you may not know about John is that he designed and helped build the Charles River Dam, advised the government on dam and lock foundations for the Panama Canal. He was the design engineer for the Lake Spaulding Dam, the Holter Dam, the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, the Keokuk Dam and the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the Charles River flows through Boston and into the suburbs where I live..... there are many who kayak on the Charles....

Jan 25, 2020 02:55 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John knew more than a thing or two about controlling the flow of water. Enjoy your day!

Jan 25, 2020 04:16 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He just did not stop at one job he just keep going. What a wonderful contribution or so many.

Jan 25, 2020 05:04 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Water levels have become a sore subject here!

I have heard of the Panama project!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 25, 2020 05:08 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - it's easy but unfortunate to underestimate the importance of dams in our everyday life.  Thanks for continuing to place the spotlight on stories like Mr Freeman who had the knowledge and foresight to understand and implement such things.  

Jan 25, 2020 05:35 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a great read and interesting one as well. Have a terrific day.

Jan 25, 2020 05:56 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Dams are very important and it sounds like he provided a lot of expertise in building many.

Jan 25, 2020 06:43 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - we know about dams in Westchester County becuase that is how the water supply gets to New York City.

Jan 25, 2020 06:49 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... can't say I've ever heard of half those dams, but this man was certainly busy and his contributions very important.

Jan 25, 2020 06:57 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - The Los Angeles Aqueduct was such an interesting story, they made a movie about the water wars of the Owens Valley...Chinatown

Not many people may realize that without water being brought into Southern California, it would still be a desert!  It has an extremely interesting history that started with powerful men buying up real estate because they had inside information into the water projects well more than 100 years ago!  

Jan 25, 2020 08:21 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- would it be inappropriate of me to say...Well I'll be damned!  

Jan 25, 2020 09:45 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting discussion on dams.  It made me think of the movie Chinatown with Jack Nicholson.  A

Jan 25, 2020 11:30 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Having lived in the Boston area I certainly know about the Charles River and the dam, and have seen it multiple times. John clearly knew alot about dams!


Jan 25, 2020 12:12 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I saw John's work first hand when we took a cruise to the Panama Canal. Going through the locks was fascinating. A true marvel of engineering.

Jan 25, 2020 02:21 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Wow, he really gives a dam! I live below Table Rock Lake dam. Before 9/11 tourists were able to visit inside the dam and it was fascinating. In our "new world", that is not allowed.  The dam was build for flood control and its primary function, not for water level sustainability in the lake for recreation. That fact is often forgotten.

Jan 26, 2020 08:38 AM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Now John Ripley Freeman is obviously a man who gave a dam... or six to be sure James Dray .

Jan 26, 2020 01:37 PM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

John Ripley Freeman was quite an engineer. Yet, I suspect that the name "Freeman" may have been due to him being a "free" African American and not a slave. 

Feb 14, 2020 07:47 PM #17
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