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4. FITCHBURG. [Pop. 2,604. Inc. 1764.]

Fitchburg, originally a part of Lunenburg, and including a part of Ashby, was probably named after John Fitch, one of its own citizens at the time of its incorporation.

This and the whole of Lunenburg were at first called Turkey Hills, in consequence of the great number of wild turkeys that resorted hither. Dr. Franklin is said to have proposed the wild turkey us the emblem of this country, instead of the eagle.

The soil is good, though hilly. A branch of the Nashua furnishes water-power for the manufacture of cotton and woollen goods, paper, and scythes. The 6th Railroad from Boston is named from this town.

Distance from Worcester, 24 miles; from Boston, 47.

An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845 

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