Watering Troughs of Acton
In the era when horses provided most transportation, public water troughs were a common sight and an important way to provide for horses’ needs. Civic-minded individuals and groups, especially in the late 1800s, might provide a trough for the benefit of their neighbors and for the welfare of animals. Acton has several troughs in various locations. No longer used for horses, some are now planters maintained by the Acton Garden Club. Others stand empty, a reminder of a time when transportation required sustenance for a living, thirsty, animal.