Russell — Natural Features

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      The Agawam River, a shallow stream, winds its murmuring way through the town, and adds much to the picturesque beauty of the region. The country hereabout is elevated and mountainous, but quite attractive to the tourist and student of rugged nature in the mild seasons of the year. During the summer great numbers of people visit Russell to enjoy healthful rambles over the hills, and to view the inviting pictures which Nature has here scattered with a lavish hand. Timber is abundant, and includes chestnut, beech, birch, oak, maple, hickory, etc. Minerals are plentiful; specimens of serpentine, schiller-spar, beryl, galena, and copper pyrites are found. The black serpentine rock on Little Tekoa was extensively quarried some years ago, but latterly has not been utilized. There is in the centre of the town, on the mountain-top, a pretty sheet of water, earlier known as Hazard Pond, but now called Russell Pond. It is bountifully stocked with fish, including salmon and bass, which have been propagated here by artificial means by an incorporated association, which controls the fishing privileges of the pond.

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