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Monatiquot River

Monatiquot River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationBraintree, Massachusetts
 ⁃ elevation30 feet (9 m)
 ⁃ location
Weymouth Fore River
 ⁃ coordinates
42°13′25″N 70°58′03″W / 42.2236°N 70.9676°W / 42.2236; -70.9676 (Monatiquot River)
 ⁃ elevation
sea level
Length4.9 miles (7.9 km)
Basin size28.7 square miles (74 km2)

The Monatiquot River is a 4.9-mile-long (7.9 km)[1] river in Braintree, Massachusetts, formed by the confluence of the Farm River and Cochato River (42°11′41″N 71°00′46″W / 42.19475°N 71.0127°W / 42.19475; -71.0127 (Monatiquot River source)) in the Braintree Municipal Golf Course, flowing in swampy meanders to the northeast, and emptying into the tidal Weymouth Fore River estuary. Its drainage area is 28.7 square miles (74 km2).

The river was a key aspect of colonial Braintree for its river herring. Later its strong flow was useful for early industry such as grist mills. It has remained a relatively clean river to date, with wildlife including birds, turtles, muskrats and fish, but recently has been polluted by sediments from the Graziano Inc. concrete batching operation.[citation needed]

The river was also where Paul Revere operated a nail mill from when he was alive until the 1860s when the Mill was retooled. That nail company has since moved to southeastern Massachusetts and is still in business today producing nails on the same equipment installed during that 1860s retooling.[citation needed]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • "Monatiquot River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 24 February 1974. Retrieved 2011-04-04.