Millers Falls, Massachusetts

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Millers Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Montague in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,072 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts metropolitan statistical area.

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History

Located along the Mohawk Trail, Millers Falls was first established in 1824 as an agricultural community, named Grout's Corner after first settler Martin Grout (1790–1865). In the 1860s, however, the local growth of railroads stimulated development, as the New London Northern Railroad bought the Amherst & Palmer railroad in 1864 and in 1866 extended its line to a connection with the Vermont & Massachusetts at Grout's Corner. With this new railroad juncture, the abundant water power of the falls at Grout's Corner provided a perfect place to establish mills. The village's present name derives from the Millers Falls Manufacturing Company (later the Millers Falls Company), established on the Millers River in 1868, and famed for its fine hand tools.

Main Street in 1910

Millers River in 1912

Paper mill in 1912

Geography

Millers Falls is located at 42°34′45″N 72°29′36″W / 42.57917°N 72.49333°W / 42.57917; -72.49333 (42.579154, -72.493414)[1], near the border with Erving, Massachusetts.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 km² (0.9 mi²). 2.3 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (3.26%) is water. The village is drained by the Millers River, a tributary of the Connecticut River.

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