Five Mile River facts for kids
Not to be confused with the Five Mile River in Connecticut dividing Darien and Rowayton.
Quick facts for kidsFivemile River
|Cities||Thompson, Putnam, Killingly|
|Main source||Little Pond
Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
480 ft (150 m)
|River mouth||Empties into Quinebaug River
Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
185 ft (56 m)
|Length||23.5 mi (37.8 km)|
The Five Mile River is a 23.5-mile-long (37.8 km) river located in Connecticut's Northeast Corner and flows through the towns of Thompson, Putnam, and Killingly.The original Nipmuc name was Assawaga, meaning "place between" or "halfway place". The Assawaga received its English name from the fact that the first land laid out upon it was "supposed to be about five miles from" Woodstock, Connecticut. The Five Mile is a tributary of the Quinebaug River and is part of the Thames River watershed. Its source is Little Pond (also known as Schoolhouse Pond), close to the Massachusetts border. It empties into the Quinebaug River at Danielson, near the intersection of Connecticut Route 12 and U.S. Route 6.
The Fivemile River has several dams, most of which are former mill operations. Its largest impoundment is Quaddick Reservoir, though there are several smaller dams including those that were built for the purpose of harnessing waterpower for industry. The best examples of surviving mill villages can be seen in Killingly in villages such as Pineville, Ballouville, Attawaugan, and Dayville.
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