(03-23-2017, 12:34 PM)Chicopee Wrote:
(03-23-2017, 12:16 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I do wonder. I know that much of the area toward Downtown/Victoria Park and back toward the old Uniroyal plant was originally swampland, but in my mind that area "west" of Victoria St seemed a bit higher.
Was it swampy around there? I thought it was extremely sandy in the area; hence the original name "Sandhills", preceeding Berlin.
I think the Sandhills moniker related more to Cedar Hill and the (now much reduced) hill at Frederick and Weber. My understanding is that the swampy areas started down around Charles and Gaukel and extended back through what is now Victoria Park and on toward the Uniroyal plant area. I recall rych mills mentioning once that the back of Cherry Park at Strane St is a last remnant of the swamps and that a First Nations settlement excavated many years ago near Uniroyal was likely there because nomadic people established themselves close to swampland, for its abundance of food and other resources.
I couldn't swear to any of this, but that's my recollection.