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August 07, 2012
The Boston Globe
In 1937, four Central Massachusetts towns were destroyed and disincorporated to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.
The 39-square-mile Quabbin, which lies 65 miles west of Boston, was finished in 1939.
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The reservoir, born when engineers flooded the Swift River Valley, supplies fresh water to Greater Boston.
The towns of Enfield (above), Greenwich, Dana, and Prescott were disincorporated and destroyed to make way for the reservoir.
2,500 residents were displaced by the Quabbin. Today, the town of Enfield sits 150 feet below the surface.
In advance of the rising waters, parks and fields were plowed under, and homes were leveled.
Cemeteries, churches, and memorials were relocated.
At the Enfield Lookout, visitors could stare across the water at the wooded hillside where Enfield once stood.
The view remains today.