Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Quabbin's Mt. Lizzie: Before and After

Here are a couple of "before" photos of Mt. Lizzie, circa June 10, 1907, three decades away from Greenwich's demise as part of the Quabbin Reservoir land-taking, courtesy of the USGS Photographic Archives:






And here is a photograph of Mt. Lizzie today in her new capacity as a Quabbin Reservoir island...


Mt. Lizzie (center-right) looking north from the Goodnough Dike in Quabbin Park in Belchertown. Mt. Pomeroy is the island just behind her, a bit to the west. Between these two islands, a little to the east, was Greenwich Center, also known as Greenwich Plains, one of the two villages that made up the town of Greenwich, the other being Greenwich Village, located to the east of Mt. Pomeroy in the northeastern corner of town. Today Greenwich Village is part of the town of Hardwick and is also the site of the Quabbin baffle dam.


For more about Greenwich, check out the EWM posts, Greenwich, Massachusetts (1754 - 1938) and Quabbin Gate 43: The Road to Greenwich Village.

As always, thanks for stopping by!



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

JUST FINDING YOUR WEBSITE...FANTASTIC....I NEVER SAW SUCH AWESOME PICS OF MT. LIZZIE...HIKED THAT WHOLE AREA AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS FOR YEARS. TOOK BUS EXCURSIONS DOWN THE PENINSULA TO ENFIELD AND STOOD IN THE OLD CEMETARY. HOPE TO GET BACK TO IT ONE OF THESE DAYS. SWIFT RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS PICS, BUT YOURS ARE SUPER. MATTIE

Anonymous said...

THIS IS MATTIE, AGAIN....FORGOT TO MENTION THAT MY FATHER, WALTER, WORKED ON THE BUILDING OF THE DAM.
I ALSO HAVE COLLECTED QUABBIN MEMORALBILIA FOR 40 YEARS. I HAVE A WIRE HANGER, WIRE "SOAP" HOLDER, ONE ICEKATE, AND MANY, MANY PAPER ARTIFACTS AND PICTURES AND BOOKS, THAT ARE OUT OF PRINT. I LOVE THE QUABBIN, AND ALWAYS WILL. IT WILL ALWAYS BE A "SPECIAL PLACE" FOREVER. MTK

Cheryl said...

I visited the Quabbin and the history of this area continues to haunt me. I will always remember reading the stories of lives lived here. This area is a truly sacred, holy place.