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Western slope showing North Adams
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The Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts was named after one of many Native American peoples that had used this ancient travel route for thousands of years. Interest in automobile travel rose as assembly line manufacture and technological improvements made cars more affordable for ordinary Americans. Automobiles required broad, graded road surfaces. This postcard of the Mohawk Trail shows an early automobile driving along the improved, but unpaved road in about 1915. The road was paved several years later. The peak in the distance is Mt. Greylock. Mount Greylock is 3491 feet above sea level, making it the highest summit in Massachusetts.
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