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Place Names Foundations of America - QU 201 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=92&Itemid=78 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:08:53 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Assunpink Creek http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=753:assunpink-creek&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=753:assunpink-creek&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78  

       The Assunpink Creek was derived from the Lenape term Ahsen’pink which means “stony, watery place. Assunpink Creek begins in Monmouth County flowing westwards into the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, where it has been dammed to form Rising Sun Lake. The creek then continues through multiple areas before connecting to the Delaware River in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1777, during the Second Battle of Trenton George Washington lead Continental soldier into this area where they held a defensive line along the south shore of Assunpink Creek .The American soldiers successfully repelled several charges by British and Hessian soldiers across a stone bridge over the creek, and also repelled an attempt to ford the creek near its mouth.




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Wissahickon Creek http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=752:wissahickon-creek&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=752:wissahickon-creek&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78  

       The Wissahickon Creek is a stream in southeastern Pennsylvania. Its route is 23 miles and it empties into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.The name of the creek comes from the Lenape language for "catfish creek" or "stream of yellowish color.” Industry saw its rise along the creek soon after European settlement in the area due to the steep slopes and gorge that was along the creek. It main industry was that of milling paper. Americas first paper mill was built along one of the Wissahickons tributaries. A feature that this creek now has is the Henry Avenue Bridge which was built in 1932. The bridge is 915 feet and 185 feet above the creek. These areas along with other sections of the creek have been used as scenery for artists since 1800. The Wissahickon attracted people such as Edgar Allan Poe and John Greenleaf Whittier. With all of its great historical past the Wissahickon Valley has known been named one of the 600 National Natural Landmarks of the United States.




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Shackamaxon Village http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=751:shackamaxon-village&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=751:shackamaxon-village&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78           


       Shackamaxon was a village that was located along the Delaware River. The Lenape Indians used this area as a camping ground on the banks of the river. The reason for this spot was the abundant fish and game that the Lenapes found. Soon Dutch explorers found the same abundance in the 1600’s and the village was built.In 1682, William Penn reportedly signed a treaty with the leaders of the Delaware village under an ancient elm tree. The legendary elm tree marking the spot of the meeting blew down in a storm in 1810. Today the location of that tree has been turned into a small park for memorial, its called the Penn Treaty Park. In the 19th century, the territory of Shackamaxon was developed as part of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


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Tulpehocken Creek http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=750:tulpehocken-creek&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=750:tulpehocken-creek&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78  

The Tulpehocken Creek is a tributary of the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania. The name comes from the Lenape Indians meaning "land of turtles." Tulpehocken Creek begins in western Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, and flows east joining the Schuylkill River in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the 1720s, the creek valley was a destination for early settlers, who used the creek for milling operations. In the 19th century, it provided an important early transportation route with the building in 1828 of the Union Canal along the river. The creeks water levels are monitored today through flood controls at the Blue Marsh Dam. This dam was completed in 1979 and has allowed for great conditions for the fish habits along the creek.


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          The Youghiogheny River means “a river that flows in opposing direction”. The reason the river is called this is due the flow which runs south to north. The Youghiogheny River is a tributary of the Monongahela River. It begins in northern West Virginia and flows northeast through Maryland and into Pennsylvania where it joins the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh. During colonial times the river provided an important route through the mountains for settlers as well as military personnel. Coal mining became an important industry along the lower Youghiogheny River during the 19th century.

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Randolph, MA http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=748:randolph-ma&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=748:randolph-ma&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 alt


Orignally named Cochaticquom, Randolph is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The Cochato and Ponkapaog tribes were the two founding tribes that settled in Randolph.  The town was then incorporated in 1793 and was named after Peyton Randolph, a wealthy Virginia patriot and first president of the Continental Congress in 1774.  Randolph was heavily involved in shoe companies that created popular styles at the time.  Almost the whole population that lived in Randolph was employed in the making of shoes and boots.  Modern day Randolph is very welcoming for new residents.  The town is accessible to sources of transportation, schools, restaurants, movie theaters, and other forms of entertainment.  


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Houghtons Pond, MA http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=747:houghtons-pond-ma&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=747:houghtons-pond-ma&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 Houghton’s pond is a pond in Milton, Massachusetts.  The pond is roughly 24 acres and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The Ponkapoag tribe once fished and hunted in this area.  The pond was first called Hoosic Whisick translation for “shallow water”.  The pond itself was then renamed Houghton, for Ralph Houghton who settled in this area around 1690. In 1892, a group from the Milton Club purchased the recently deserted Houghton farm at the base of Great Blue Hill. The Club has a clear cool pond then called Hoosic-Whisick, now Houghton's used for fishing, swimming and skating.

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Mattapan MA http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=746:mattapan-ma&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=746:mattapan-ma&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 Mattapan is a city in Boston Massachusetts.  It became a part of Boston when Dorchester was annexed in 1870.   The Native American Mattahunt Tribe once inhabited Mattapan in the early 1600's.  Mattapan is the original Native American name for the Dorchester area and is known as “a good place to sit” or “a good place to be”.   Since the time of the Mattahunt tribe occupying Mattapan, there have been a variety of immigrants moving into the city.  A diverse population of Irish, Jewish, and Haitian immigrants has settled in Mattapan in large numbers. Today Mattapan's population is largely made up of African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean.  


  A Native American figure holding a fish represents the Mattahunt tribe, which inhabited the area 400 years ago.


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Neponset River http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=745:neponset-river&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=745:neponset-river&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 The Neponset river is a river located in Eastern Massachusetts.  The rivers first recorded history was in 1619 when fur trading started by the English on Thompson’s Island, and Native Americans used the Neponset River to bring skins for sale.  The native American meaning of the river is “a good fall”.  The river itself travels through at least 17 cities and is approximately 29 miles. 


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Quabbin Reservoir http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=744:quabbin-reservoir&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 http://www.foundationsofamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=744:quabbin-reservoir&catid=92:place-names&Itemid=78 Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest man made public water supplies in the United States.  It was created in the 1930’s by the construction of two huge earthen dams.  The reservoir covers 39 square miles, is 18 miles long, and can hold 412 billion gallons of water.  It is one of the primary water supplies for Boston.    Before the reservoir was built there was a hill in Enfield called Quabbin hill and a lake in Greenwich called Quabbin Lake.  Both of these names are named after a Native American Chief called Nani-Quaben, meaning place of many waters.  These names became the basis for naming the new reservoir.       


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