Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 1845 - PITTSFIELD. [Pop. 8,747. Inc. 1761.]
Pittsfield was granted to Boston, and called Boston Plantation, No. 3.
The Indian name of this town was Poontoosuck, and it was named Pittsfield, in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, an English statesman, who eloquently defended the colonies against the oppressive measures of the British government.
The inhabitants were twice driven away by the Indians and French.
The town is situated in a valley, between two ranges of mountains, and the soil is excellent.
Several branches of the Housatonic unite in this township, and furnish abundant water-power.
The chief manufactures are woollen and cotton goods, muskets and carriages.
Much wool also is raised, and the land is highly cultivated.
Distance from Lenox, 6 miles ; from Boston, 125.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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