Over the Backbone of the Hoosac range. A superb motorway of scenic splendor connecting Housatonic River and Westfield river Valleys. On direct highway East and West across Massachusetts. It rises at gradient of six percent, by graceful curves to summit 2300 ft. above tiewater. First of great state road mountain cross-overs. Opened Sept 10, 1910 with a picnic on the sky-line. Here Mrs. George Westinghouse raised the American flag. The Ladder cost $240,000 and is the most travelled mountain road in America.