The Branch

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The Branch

The Branch is a 2.6 mile long (4.2 km)[1] river located entirely in the city of Keene, in southwestern New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Ashuelot River, itself a tributary of the Connecticut River, which flows to Long Island Sound.

While itself a very short river, The Branch is formed by the confluence of the much-longer Otter Brook and Minnewawa Brook and was sometimes considered in the past to be part of Otter Brook. A 1982 decision by the federal Board on Geographic Names established the name "The Branch". Variant names cited by the Board include "Branch of Ashuelot", "Otter Branch", and "Otter Brook".[2]

The Branch is paralleled for its entire length by New Hampshire Route 101.

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Coordinates: 42°55′08″N 72°16′43″W / 42.91889°N 72.27861°W / 42.91889; -72.27861