Gill — Natural Features

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

      The surface of the town is beautifully diversified with hill and plain, without being marked by any very lofty eminence. Pisgah, Grass Hill, Stacy's Mountain, Barnard's Hill, and Darby Hill are the most conspicuous elevations. Among the numerous small interior water-courses may be mentioned Otter, Beaver, Ashuela, and Unadilla Brooks, which perform useful service as mill-streams.
      In respect to discoveries in geology, Gill has been a fruitful field, and thence have been taken, by Dr. James Deane, Prof. Hitchcock, Mr. Marsh, Dr. L. Field, and others, some of the finest fossil specimens to be found in the geological cabinets of the country. Nature has done much for Gill in making it a place where upon every hand delightful views unfold themselves before the eye. On the south and east the sinuous and silvery Connecticut, with its broad reach of sweeping valley, presents to the beholder a picture of rare beauty, while in other directions there is bountiful evidence that nature has been lavish in her brightest manifestations. Fall River, which flows along the entire western border of the town, discharges into the Connecticut at Turner's Falls, where the noble old river rushes in mad abandon over jagged rocks, and hurls its waters with resistless strength into the abyss below.

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