Place:Peru, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

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NamePeru
Alt namesPartridgefieldsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25000696
TypeTown
Coordinates42.433°N 73.033°W
Located inBerkshire, Massachusetts, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Peru is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 847 at the 2010 census.

History

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Originally known as Northern Berkshire Township Number 2 and including all of Hinsdale and part of Middlefield, the town was first settled in 1767 and was officially incorporated as Partridgefield in 1771. Originally named for Oliver Partridge, one of the three purchasers of the town (along with Governor Francis Bernard), the name was officially changed to Peru in 1806, on the suggestion of the Rev. John Leland, "because it is like the Peru of South America, a mountain town, and if no gold or silver mines are under her rocks, she favors hard money and begins with a P."

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