Place:Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

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NameMontague
Alt namesMontague Centresource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25001683
Montague Citysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTown
Coordinates42.533°N 72.533°W
Located inFranklin, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Census-designated place
Turners Falls
Unincorporated area
Turners Falls
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Montague is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,437 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts metropolitan statistical area.

The villages of Montague Center, Montague City, Lake Pleasant, Millers Falls, and Turners Falls are located in the town of Montague.

History

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Originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe, the area was known as Peskeompskut. Montague was first settled by Europeans in 1715 and was incorporated in 1754. The town has five villages within it: Montague Center, Montague City, Turners Falls, Millers Falls, and Lake Pleasant. The Turners Falls Canal through Montague was one of the first canals in the United States, and important in early transport along the Connecticut River, and Lake Pleasant was a prominent spiritualist campground. Turners Falls was a planned mill community (similar to but less successful than that at Lowell, Massachusetts) that developed when the canal was converted to use for power production rather than transportation in the mid 19th century. Between 1974 and 1980, the Montague Nuclear Power Plant was proposed for construction in the town.

Montague has claimed to be the location of a maple tree that inspired poet Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918) to write the popular 1913 poem "Trees", however family accounts and documents establish the poem was written in Mahwah, New Jersey.

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