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Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts a town of 6,000 pop., on Westfield River and Western Railroad, 11 miles from Springfield. Engaged in manufacturing.
rossing the divide between the Quinnebaug and the Quabaug, or Chicopee, watersheds. West from Palmer the way led around the north end of Wilbraham mountains to North Wilbraham village, whence it passed southwestward into Springfield, opening from the brow of the hill on which now stands the Arsenal. Springfield was a junction of many Indian trails. From the Arsenal one trail led down to the river, through what is now Forest park, to a point opposite the lower mouth of the Agawam or Westfield river, where the highway now crosses, and at which point was an Indian stronghold or fort. At that time (before the Agawam cut through its upper mouth, a century ago) an extensive shoal stretched out from the west shore and the river was fordable at low water. After crossing the river the trail westward became the Mohawk trail. And still further west, crossing the Hudson, it was the Iroquois trail. Southward from the crossing of the Connecticut another trail on the east side led round