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In the late 1800s the growing popularity of seaside summers and the development of resorts attractive to a wealthy clientele provided a new basis for economic growth, especially after the railroad was built in 1887.
Despite precarious beginnings, Chatham has developed over the years into a highly desirable place to live in or visit.
Chatham, Massachusetts is located at the southeast tip of Cape Cod.
In 1606, Samuel de Champlain, the first European known to have explored the area, encountered the Monomoyicks, a Native American tribe of about 500 to 600 members.