Town of Montague Places

How’d the Canal get here?

Turners Falls Power Canal A major player in the development of Turners Falls as an industrial “city” is the canal that supplied water to the various mills. Water coursed through their penstocks to turn the waterwheels which in turn ran geared linkages to operate machinery.  Canal drained with the Keith paper mill along side. Each…

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Film – Montague Turns 200!

Montague MA 200th Anniversary The 200th birthday celebration parade of Montague, Massachusetts – 1954. It is filmed from the west side of Avenue A and 3rd St. in Turners Falls This digital video was made from a surviving 8mm home movie from the family of Dr. Henry A. Rys and the Montague Historical Society. Big…

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Franklin County in 1929

Film – Pre-Depression Montague and Franklin County https://youtu.be/WotMcpUOuNc A rare glimpse of Franklin County Massachusetts before the Great Depression. This well made amateur film includes many well known landmarks, both past and present. The world and lifestyle of a earlier generation is well represented!This surviving 16mm movie print is owned and provided courtesy of the…