At 5 m. the country is more open, with nurseries and tobacco fields occupying most of the land between the scattered houses. At 5.4 miles the road enters a cut through trap rock, an extension of Mt. Tom range.
At 7.5 m. US 20 crosses the Westfield River, (the US 20 crossing pictured here) tributary of the Connecticut, furnishing water-power for many industries.
At 8.5 m. US 20 crosses the Little River; just north of this point the first settlers built a fort. The last Indian raid in this region occured in 1820 (TheOldLibrarian: this must be a mistake, I should think it was 1720.)