Welcome to the Mohawk Trail. Browse through these vintage
post cards to discover an area rich in history. The Mohawk Trail is the
first scenic road in New England. It officially opened on October 22, 1914.
With 63 miles of breath taking scenery.
began life as a Native American footpath across the Berkshires, used for
trade, hunting, and social calling by five tribes, including the Pocumtuck
and the Mohawk.
colonization, the trail was successively widened and repaved, and its route
altered to accomodate changing modes of transportation.
In 1914, at
the dawn of the automobile age, the Mohawk Trail was declared a scenic
route, the first such one.
Their population considerably reduced by disease from
early contact with Europeans explorers, the native people were not able
to effectively protect their homelands.
With the Indian Wars and the American Revolution over,
the white settlements concentrated on more trade with each other.
North Adams became a booming industrial town, and the
old trade route between Boston and western Massachusetts became more vital.
Widened and graded, the old trail, now become a road,
was better able to support the increasingly heavy traffic.
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