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Onion River, Vermont

This is one of the largest and most valuable rivers in the state.—It is about 70 miles in length, and in its course fertilizes large tracts of land and produces a great hydraulic power. This stream rises in Caledonia county: it passes nearly through the centre of the counties of Washington and Chittenden, and after passing "Winooski city" it falls into Champlain lake, five miles N. from Burlington village.

Winooski is the beautiful Indian name of this river, and had the good people of Winooski possessed the exquisite taste of their predecessors, they would probably have called their charming little city cabbage town.

Onion river, so called, has numerous tributaries, and is one of the most romantic streams in the country. The channels which have been worn in the rocks, by its ceasless current, are objects of great admiration. In its passage through the mountains are found fissures through solid rocks from 30 to 100 feet in depth, with smooth perpendicular sides, 60 or 70 feet in width. In many places on this stream are natural bridges, curious caverns, and delightful water-falls.

The road near the banks of this stream, from Connecticut river to Burlington, is said to be the best passage across the mountains in that direction: it is certainly highly picturesque and delightful.

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