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In addition, Wills Hole and Grassy Pond are kettle ponds which were formed in depressions in the till formed by large blocks of ice.
Acton was named the 11th Best Place To Live among small towns in the country by Money Magazine in 2015, and the 16th best in 2009 and in 2011.), or 1.53 percent, is water.With the railroad came increasing development in those areas.In addition to the Fitchburg Railroad, two others crossed the town: the Nashua and Acton, and the Framingham and Lowell.The Acton minutemen were led by Captain Isaac Davis.When a company was needed to lead the advance on the bridge which was defended by the British regulars, Captain Davis was heard to reply, "I haven't a man who is afraid to go." The Acton men led because, unlike other militias there, they were fully equipped with bayonets.Almost all of Acton is forested, except for where it has been cleared for residential or agricultural use.
Some forested areas have been put aside for special use by corporations.
There were also a powder mill, three gristmills and four sawmills in town. The Fitchburg Railroad was routed through South and West Acton so that it could serve the mills.
South Acton became a busy rail center and was the division point for the Marlborough Branch Railroad.
A small artificial pond is at NARA Park in North Acton.
there were 21,924 residents, a 7.84% increase from 2000 and 5,958 families residing in the town.
Both stream systems empty into the Assabet River, which passes briefly through the town at its southern corner.