Punkatasset Hill

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Punkatasset Hill
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Punkatasset Hill in early spring
Highest point
Elevation289 ft (88 m)
Coordinates42°28′53″N 71°20′48″W / 42.481483°N 71.346726°W / 42.481483; -71.346726
Naming
English translation"Shallow Brook"
Language of nameNatick Indian
Geography
LocationConcord, Massachusetts,
United States
Climbing
Easiest routeEstabrook Woods/ Punkatasset Hill Conservation Land Trail

Punkatasset Hill is a hill located in Concord, Massachusetts. It is one of the highest points in the town at 289 feet (88 m).[1]

The hill was originally known as Broad-topped Hill by the native Indians and was cultivated and farmed from the 17th century on.

In 1775, as the British troops marched into Concord, the Concord Minutemen took position atop Punkatasset Hill. On the hill they were met with reinforcements from the surrounding towns and the number of soldiers grew to at least 400.[2] From their vantage point they saw the smoke of burning militia supply by the British from the center of Concord. Fearing it was their homes being burned, Colonel Barrett led his militia down to a hill only a few hundred yards from the Old North Bridge, and then to the Old North Bridge itself.[3]

In the late 19th century, on clear days Concordians and visitors were treated to vistas of Boston, Mount Wachusett, and Mount Monadnock.

During the early 20th century, Punkatasset Hill was home to Concord's only ski slope. There was never a ski lift, but ski jumping contests were held there during the 1930s.[4] Today the slope remains cleared, but not in use.

In 1971 the land was sold from private property to the town and converted to conservation land.[5] Today Punkatasset Hill and the adjacent Estabrook Woods are popular hiking and walking destinations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MountainZone - Returning in 2016".
  2. ^ Fischer, David Hackett (19 April 1995). "Paul Revere's Ride". Oxford University Press – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Concord, MA -- A Site on a Revolutionary War Road Trip on US Route 20".
  4. ^ Davis, Jeremy. "Punkatasset Hill".
  5. ^ http://concordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2093