From The Hub To The Hudson; With Sketches Of Nature, History And Industry In North-western…

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byWashington Gladden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869. Excerpt: ... across the river; and then, perhaps we will spend the afternoon in exploring this region, and in making ourselves familiar with what is here to be seen of THE HOOSAC TUNNEL. Up to this point the Deerfield River has given us an excellent route for a railroad. But just here we find it coming down from the north, out of the fastnesses of the Green Mountains. It would not be easy to follow its course any higher; and it would lead us where we do not wish to go. Right across the westward path which we have followed nature has written, in the bold horizon lines of the Hoosac Mountain, " No Thoroughfare." But many of Nature's legends get rubbed out and this one soon will be. The project of tunneling this mountain is not a new one. In 1825 a board of commissioners with Loami Baldwin as engineer, were appointed by the Legislature to ascertain the practicability of making a canal from Boston to the Hudson River. They examined the country by way of Worcester, Springfield, and the Westfield River; and also by Fitchburg, and the Miller and Deerfield Rivers, making the village of North Adams a point common to both routes; and reported that "there was no hesitation in deciding in favor of the Deerfield and Hoosac River Route." At the Hoosac their examinations were extended both to the north and south of the present line of tunnel with a view to discover some other route by which it might be avoided, but increased distance and lackage and difficulty of procuring water led them to give preference to the tunnel. In their report they say: "There is no hesitation, therefore, in deciding in favor of a tunnel; but even if its expense should exceed the other mode of passing the mountain, a tunnel is preferable, for the reasons which have been assigned. And this formidable barrie...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869. Excerpt: ... across the river; and then, perhaps we will spend the afternoon in exploring this region, and in making ourselves familiar wit...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217820433

ISBN - 13:9780217820431

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