is the most westerly county in the Commonwealth
It is bounded north by Bennington County, Vermont
; west by Rensselaer
and Columbia Counties, New York; south by Litchfield County, Connecticut
; and east by Franklin
, and Hampden Counties
In parts it is rough and hilly, but has many beautiful and picturesque streams and valleys.
are its chief rivers; the former empties into Long Island Sound
, and the latter into the Hudson River
, which are partly in the town of Adams
, are its chief mountains.
Under the former, a tunnel for a railroad, four miles in length, is being made; and the latter is the highest land in Massachusetts
Its largest towns are Pittsfield
, the county-seat; and Adams
, in which there are many large and flourishing manufactories.
The largest portion of the people, however, are agriculturists.
The Boston and Albany Railroad passes through the centre of the county, east and west, connecting it with Boston
and the Hudson River
There are several other railroads in the county, which centre at Pittsfield
There are thirty-one towns in Berkshire
, but no city.
The entire population in 1860 was 55,120, and in 1865 it was 56,960, an increase in five years of only 1,846.
The valuation in 1860 was $24,186,962, and in 1865 it was $27,937,444, being an increase in five years of $3,750,482.
According to returns made by the selectmen in 1866 from all the towns in the county, it appears that the whole number of men furnished by Berkshire
for the war was five thousand three hundred and fifty-six, which is not far from the exact