Thursday, March 29, 2007

Springfield to US 7 cont.

At 14.2 m. is the entrance (L) to Tekoa Park (picnic facilities). Directly opposite, across the Westfield River, is Mt. Tekoa (alt. 1211), a rugged, dome-shaped peak...

(Pictured here: Strathmore Paper Mill)

Woronoco, 15.5 m., is best known as the home of the Strathmore Paper Company Plant (open by permission), across the river. The village is at the junction with State 17.

At 17.9 m. is Russell (pop. 1283, sett. 1782). Here in 1858 the Chapin and Gould Paper Mils were established...

Huntington, 22 m. (pop 1345, sett. 1769), at first called Norwich, was later named for Charles F. Huntington. The town was barely a year old when it organized a military company and began to store ammunition. The townsfolk displayed little sympathy with Shay's Rebellion, and a group of rebels stormed the town, seizing John Kirkland, captain of the local militia...

The Murrayfield Grammer School on the Worthing Rd. houses a historic bell stolen by Union soldiers from New Orleans during the Civil War.

At 22.1 m. is the junction with Old US 20. (TheOldLibrarian - see Tour 4B in the book - this was called the "Skyline Trail," and ran about 20 miles through the Berkshires to State 8.)

Boulder Park (camping, swimming, picnicking), 24.1 m. (L), deriving its name from a huge rock by the roadside, is in the Chester-Blandford State Forest.

At 28.8 m. is the Cortland Grinding Wheels Plant, one of the largest manufacturers of emery wheels in the country.

Beyond the factory is a Fountain, a water spout at the end of the town water main, which in winter freezes to a glittering mosque-like dome 50 to 60 feet high.

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