Wendell — Natural Features

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

      Wendell is mountainous, and abounds in wild and rugged scenery. Almost the entire surface of the town rests upon a bed of gneiss, except at the northeast, where it passes into granite. There are fifteen distinct elevations among the hills of Wendell, of which the most important is Bear Mountain, that rises 1281 feet above the sea-level. From the summit of this eminence the tourist may obtain a delightful and extensive view of the Miller's River valley and the neighboring country.
      Mountain brooks abound. Among them may be mentioned Swift River, Whetstone, Wickett, and Osgood Brooks. Wickett Pond, west of Wendell Centre, is the largest sheet of water in the town. Of timber there is no lack, the chief growth being beach, pine, chestnut, and rock-maple. About two years ago there was some agitation over the reported discovery of a silver mine in the northeast, but patient research by a company organized to work it ended in failure.

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