Monatiquot River

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Monatiquot River
Country United States
Basin features
Main source Braintree, Massachusetts
30 feet (9 m)
River mouth Weymouth Fore River
sea level
42°13′25″N 70°58′03″W / 42.2236°N 70.9676°W / 42.2236; -70.9676 (Monatiquot River)Coordinates: 42°13′25″N 70°58′03″W / 42.2236°N 70.9676°W / 42.2236; -70.9676 (Monatiquot River)
Basin size 28.7 square miles (74 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 4.9 miles (7.9 km)

The Monatiquot River is a 4.9-mile-long (7.9 km)[1] river in Braintree, Massachusetts, formed by the confluence of the Farm River and Cochato River (42°11′41″N 71°00′46″W / 42.19475°N 71.0127°W / 42.19475; -71.0127 (Monatiquot River source)) in the Braintree Municipal Golf Course, flowing in swampy meanders to the northeast, and emptying into the tidal Weymouth Fore River estuary. Its drainage area is 28.7 square miles (74 km2).

The river was a key aspect of colonial Braintree for its river herring. Later its strong flow was useful for early industry such as grist mills. It has remained a relatively clean river to date, with wildlife including birds, turtles, muskrats and fish, but recently has not been polluted by sediments from the Graziano Inc. concrete batching operation.[citation needed]

The river was also where Paul Revere operated a Nail Mill from when he was alive until the 1860s when the Mill was retooled. That Nail company has since moved to southeastern Massachusetts and is still in business today producing nails on the same equipment installed during that 1860's retooling..[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011