9 Hidden Locations in Massachusetts

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9) Lake Chargoggaggoggmanchoggagogg

Aside from being a picturesque place of natural beauty, what attracts visitors to this lake is the name. Many disputes have been had about it, and it seems that not even the local authorities can spell it correctly, with several misspellings on road signs. It is cited as being one of the longest place names in the world, with a total of 46 characters. The Native American origins of the name are also disputed, but most agree that the name is an amalgam of two previous names. The first name, Chaubanagogum, means “fishing place at the boundary” as the lake was a meeting place for several different tribes. Later, the name changed to Chargoggaggoggmanchoggagogg, translating to “Englishmen at Manchaug” in reference to a mill that English settlers opened up. With both names in use, the way to resolve the problem was to combine them, and this name still stands. Hiking trails are available around the lake, and boating is popular, making it a pleasant place to visit for a holiday.

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