This exclusive BerkshireWeb feature draws from five major resources; previous features penned by the illustrious S.E. O' Callaghan, Mara L. Pratt's 1908 Stories of Massachusetts, William B. Browne's 1920 The Mohawk Trail: Its History and Course, Raymond Costello's 1923 Picturesque Berkshire: From the Mohawk Trail To Bash Bish Falls and the ever expanding BerkshireWeb Post Card collection. Some of the entries are left as they originally appeared while others have been modified to keep up with the times. Note: Please do not look for Fort Massachusetts for it no longer exists ;). Enjoy! - Harold Kellerman - Editor
- Harold Kellerman - Editor
One of The Scenic Beauty Spots of The World
The motorist leaving Boston and taking the road through Lexington may perhaps notice a sign which reads "Mohawk Trail" and feel a thrill of delight that at last that famous trail has been reached, the trail which is today famous throughout this land.
It is the Mohawk Trail (the Eastern end of it) for it was over this same road that the Mohawk Indians traveled westward in the olden days. The Mohawk Trail, however, holds its greatest interest for the motorist more than one hundred miles beyond, for, when one speaks of the trail today, one speaks of that road which goes over the Hoosac Mountain starting at the Deerfield River near the town of Florida and ending in North Adams.
Having once traveled over this mountain on the new state road, completed but a short time ago (1914), one cannot help remembering this wonderful trail which is distinctly different to any other spot the world knows - which is, for scenic beauty, unsurpassed.
Starting where the river crosses and traveling up and up all the time - over twelve miles of perfect roads to the summit, beneath which 1200 feet below, trains travel through the Hoosac tunnel, the motorist marvels at every foot for the world seems to have been left behind.
The river is far below like a tiny silver line, the curving road travels on and on through sections cut from solid rock which seem to be at the edge of virgin forests.
And then comes the summit with its views which simply compel one to think seriously of the work of NATURE. All the way up one wonders what will be next, wonders if things could be more impressive - and then realizes when the summit has been reached that here is the most wonderful view of all.
In the next few pages let us take you over the trail from the Deerfield to North Adams, let us show you some of the spots which bring motorists from far and near - the trail which once traveled always leaves fond memories - and which will ever be a treat in store for those who have yet to enjoy the beauties of this remarkable road.