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“Many Waters”

The Quabbin Reservoir takes its name from the Algonquin word meaning “many waters”.

The Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest unfiltered water supplies in the United States, providing drinking water for 3 million Massachusetts residents. It covers 39 square miles with 181 miles of shoreline.
“Quabbin” is an Algonquin word meaning “many waters”. The word was used by the Nipmucs, who first inhabited this area of Massachusetts. Built between 1930 and 1939, the reservoir is the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts. It is a primary water supply for Boston, 65 miles to the east.
At the Enfield Lookout, New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock can be seen in the distance.
More than 50 access gates surround Quabbin, giving visitors access to the over 200 miles of forest roads throughout the watershed.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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7 Comments

  1. This is an impressively large reservoir, and the photos are spectacular, Julie, with all the changing leaves.

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    1. Yes, it is quite an amazing place. Thanks for visiting, and wishing you a wonderful T-Day!

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    1. Ha! That’s “Thanks for visiting!”
      😉

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  2. Spectacular! Love it the name, too. We live on the edge of a watershed, but it’s nowhere near as grand.

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    1. It’s a great place to see “big open sky and water” around here. I spent my entire 34 year teaching career with the Quabbin Regional School District, so the name seems so natural to me…;-)

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