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Bondsville Trestle over Swift River 1910
Train going over a trestle bridge above the Swift River in 1910
Petersham- Rte 32 & 122 Bridge over the Swift River 2009 (4274544344)
Construction of the Route 32 / Route 122 bridge over the Swift River in 2009 near Petersham, Massachusetts

The Swift River is a river in Massachusetts. It has an east branch, a west branch, and a middle branch. It is a tributary of the Ware River. Part of it is dammed in the Swift River Valley to form the Quabbin Reservoir serving Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Several towns were lost when the reservoir was constructed and filled.

Swift River Reservation, Petersham MA
Swift River Reservation entrance

Swift River Reservation is located along the east branch.

PlainfieldMA FormerSwiftRiverAcademy
Swift River Academy buildings

The former Academy at Swift River was located in Plainfield, Massachusetts. It is now a drug addiction treatment facility.

Letting Swift River Go, a picture book by Jane Yolen with watercolor illustrations by Barbara Cooney, describes the flooding of the valley to create the reservoir.

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