Taunton River, Massachusetts
This river rises in the county of Plymouth, Mass., and falls into Mount Hope Bay. The Taunton and its branches water the towns of Abington, Hanson, Halifax, and Plympton, and all the Bridgewaters, Raynham, Taunton, Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Fall river, Somerset and Swansey. It is navigable to Taunton, for small vessels, and with its contemplated improvements, steam boats will be enabled to run to Taunton, and thus become another channel of conveyance between Boston and New York. This river is celebrated for the great and widely distributed water power it produces, and for the multitudes of alewives within its waters.