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Welcome to Newton Upper Falls, a village located on the east bank of Charles River in the City of Newton.
The Newton Upper Falls neighborhood borders the town of Needham, the West Roxbury neighborhood and the Newton villages Waban, Newton Highlands and Newton Center. The village is home to two bridges, the Hemlock Gorge and Echo, functioning as pedestrian walkways crossing the Charles River. The first Charles River mill in Newton was built in this area in 1688, and the waterpower from this area helped the city grow for the next 150 years. By the year of 1850, Upper Falls had approximately 1,300 residents, comprising 25% of the total Newton population. Upper Falls is the only village in Newton that is still called by its original name, and there are still well over 150 historic homes left in the area. There is also an unpaved private road called Sullivan Avenue, which is the last remaining portion of the ancient highway connecting Boston and Cambridge with Newton. The road features a famous pothole, a geological anomaly from a boulder that fell off a nearby cliff. The boulder was pushed down by a then existing waterfall, and over thousands of years it carved a shaft in the ground. Today, only a tiny part of the shaft can be seen, but people still come to see it at the corner of Sullivan and Elliot Streets. If you're in the area, check out the Dunn-Gaherin's Food & Spirit, a landmark for beers and assorted pub foods, as well as the Biltmore Bar & Grille, a former speakeasy that today serves yummy comfort eats. For outdoor recreation, head to the Hemlock Gorge Reservation; an expansive wildlife area great for hiking, featuring a historic bridge from 1877 and a spanning river and gorge.
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