Montague, Massachusetts

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Montague is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,489 at the 2000 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.

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History

Originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe, the area was known as Peskeompskut. Montague was first settled 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[citation needed], and Lake Pleasant was a prominent spiritualist campground.

Montague Center in 1907

Montague City in 1907

Old Red Bridge in 1907

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81.4 km²), of which, 30.4 square miles (78.7 km²) is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) (3.22%) is water. Bounded on the west by the Connecticut River, Montague is drained by the Millers River.

The town is served by state routes 2, 47 and 63.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,489 people, 3,616 households, and 2,169 families residing in the town. The population density was 279.2 people per square mile (107.8/km²). There were 3,844 housing units at an average density of 126.4/sq mi (48.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.13% White, 0.84% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

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