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Connecticut Closeup of the Hockanum River

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From the Native American word "Hocquaun," meaning "hook-shaped."

LOCATION: The 25-mile river's source is Shenipsit Lake, which is bordered by

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Ellington

,

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Tolland
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and

Vernon

. The river flows west through Manchester and

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East Hartford
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until it joins the

Connecticut River

.

DID YOU KNOW? The state's first cotton mill was built on the river by Samuel Pitkin in 1794. More than 100 mills have lined the river's banks through the years. Today, the Hockanum River is used mostly for boating, fishing, and hiking on trails alongside the river.

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