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The Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts was an improved road suitable for automobile use by the time the state legislature voted to make it a scenic route in 1914. The Trail connected the towns in the western part of the state with the Connecticut River Valley. It runs from Greenfield, in the east, to the town of North Adams, to the west. Building, grading and maintaining this 41-mile road was costly and difficult. This postcard view of a car traveling alongside the Cold River reveals how the mountainous terrain there made a retaining wall necessary.