CAMP 7. Located in Blandford just off the Huckleberry Trolley Line, where the workers lived and engineers had their “construction office” several wooden buildings stood along the old Welcome Nye section of farmland. We have visited this area many times to trace history and now finally are able to pull it together.

One of the projects we have been working on this winter is the Huckleberry Trolley Line, from Huntington to Lee; this short lived electric street railway ran thru the wild woods climbing Cooks Mountain from Huntington just about in front of Stanton Hall on Route 20 to where the Lee Big Y stands today. Hilltown farmers and industry alike fought hard for transportation in the mountains to open up routes to move their goods, even granite. The train and automobile era ended it abrubtly but not until after three million dollars was spent building the line. On this day, we hiked on the Blandford section, identifying stations and camps starting at Cochran Pond in Blandford. The line here runs about 3 miles from the pond to the Huntington Post Office where the Western Mass Street Railway went to Westfield but the tracks never connected! Look out for our complete report coming soon on photos by Liz and Karen Sikes McTaggart

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