Colrain — Geographical

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      COLERAINE, one of the largest towns in Franklin, with a taxable area of 25,286 acres, lies on the northern line of the county, and is bounded north by the Vermont State line, south by the towns of Charlemont, Shelburne, and Greenfield, east by the town of Leyden, and west by the towns of Charlemont and Heath The town has no railway facilities within its borders, nor railway communication nearer than Shelburne Falls depot, in the town of Buckland, six miles from Coleraine Centre. Coleraine has long been an important manufacturing point, but its population has shown an almost steady decline since 1840, largely due to removals to the Far West.

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