Shelburne — Natural Features

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

      The surface of the town is rugged and mountainous, and rises in several localities into conspicuous eminences, among the most prominent of which are Bald Mountain in the west, Greenfield Mountain in the east, Dragon Hill at the centre, East Hill north of that point, and Shingle and Brimstone Hills on the south.
      The Deerfield River, receiving at the northwest corner of the town the waters of North River, flows thence along Shelburne's entire western and southwestern border. At the village of Shelburne Falls the stream makes an abrupt bend, and there, descending to the depth of forty feet over a wildly-rugged precipice, forms a romantically-beautiful cataract (called originally Salmon Falls), features of which have been widely heralded in the public prints and freely illustrated by the photographer's skill.
      Among the many smaller streams are Dragon, Shingle, and Sluice Brooks, flowing into the Deerfield River, and Allen's and Hinsdale Brooks, emptying into Green River.
      Shelburne is famed for its scenic attractions, and is a favored summer resort.

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