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Saturday, October 21, 2017
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First Steamboat Passes Through South Hadley Canal

On this day in 1826, the Barnet, the first steamboat to operate on the Connecticut River, passed through the South Hadley Canal on its way to Vermont. For centuries, despite waterfalls along the way, New England's longest river had served as a major transportation route. In the late 1700s, increasing industrialization along the Connecticut...
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