our watershed! We have included clues to nine towns within our watershed
that touch the major river that flows through it. First, to figure
out what state we're located in, you might want to look at Mystery
Watershed Clue # 2 or Mystery Watershed Clue # 3. Both of those town
descriptions give big clues that will lead you to our state.
Here is a map of our
watershed to help you figure out where each town is located. The
major river that runs through our watershed shares the name of one
of the cities within our watershed (see clue #1). Have fun!
The city within this
town is known as the Thread City because the American Thread Company
that was once in operation here was one of the largest producers
of cotton thread in the world. This town has a textile history museum
where visitors can learn all about this local industry from the
end of the Civil War to the end of World War II. The railroad brought
raw materials to this town's textile mills. Finished thread and
cloth were sent out.
The name of the city
within this town is an Algonquian Indian name, meaning "Land
of the Swift Running Waters." The major river that runs through
all of the towns in our watershed is also called this name.
This is the university
mascot for the very popular basketball team from this town. This
town is also known for its Blue Ribbon school system. There is a
major dam in this town that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The damming of the Natchaug River created a 500-acre lake that is
used for public water supply.
This town was the birthplace
of a famous Revolutionary War hero who said, "I only regret
that I have but one life to lose for my country," just before
he was hung by the British. This historical site and the Caprilands
Herb Farm are popular tourist destinations in this town.
This town is nationally
known for a restaurant that makes the unique Red Potato Pizza. The
pizza was received national recognition when it was voted the country's
"Most Exotic Pizza" in 1994 and was featured on "CBS
This Morning." Our class enjoys eating here often! The town
was originally named Wellington for Wellington, England. Its name
today (and the restaurant that shares its name) is not much different!
This oak leaf symbolizes
the tie this town has to our state's famous Charter Oak Tree. A
few years ago, for safety reasons, this town had to cut down a tree
on the town green that was originally a sapling from the Charter
Oak (where our state's charter was once hidden). This town also
houses the birthplace of Dartmouth College, which began as a school
for the religious instruction of Native Americans.
Shenipsic Lake drains
into the major river in our watershed. Since it is a public water
supply, there is no dumping of chemicals allowed and no swimming
or boats. People like to fish here. During the mid and late nineteenth
century, many immigrants from Switzerland settled on the farms here.
There is still a large concentration of Swiss who live in this town.
There is a well-known
speedway for race cars and monster trucks in this town. There are
also many mills located in this town, and, today, some of the world's
most famous woolen cloth is still woven here. This town also manufactures
circuit boards. The mineral waters in this town were prized by Native
Americans, colonists, residents, and visitors that included two
U.S. presidents. The springs helped the town to become a popular
health resort in the 19th century.
The southern most town
of this watershed is rich in colonial history. George Washington's
horse was stabled at Trumbull's barn while the general himself attended
to business at the War Office overlooking the expansive town green.
During the growing trouble with England, supplies for the residents
of Boston were brought to the green from other New England colonies
for shipment north on the Boston Post Road. Boston depended on these
supplies because Parliament had closed the city's port as punishment
for the Tea Party. Throughout the war which followed, our state
provided 75% of the supplies the army needed, earning us the nickname,
the Provision State. The green in this town's center also served
as a temporary camp for Rochambeau's troops when they arrived from
This is a jail built
by some of our students to symbolize the 1856 Old County Jail on
the town green in the town where we live (and where our school is
located). There are several other historical buildings located on
the green, including the 1720 Daniel Benton Homestead, the oldest
house still remaining in our town. The homestead, along with the
jail and the 1880's Hicks-Stearns home, are museums where people
can experience life in our town as it was in the 1700's.
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