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For beautiful images of the Quabbin Reservoir and surrounding towns: http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/massachusetts/galleries/quabbin/

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Swift River south of the Quabbin Reservoir. http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/river/images/swift_after_lg.jpg

Quabbin Reservoir (see homepage) is one of the largest man-made public water supplies in the United States, and the largest in Massachusetts. In order to flood the vast area of the Swift River Valley in the 1930s, the entire population of four towns had to be relocated. Hundreds of homes, businesses, a state highway, a railroad line, and 34 cemeteries were also moved or dismantled. Over 6,000 graves were relocated from the Valley to Quabbin Park cemetery.