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Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

"Palmer, a post-township of Hampden co., Mass., about 10 miles E.N.E. of Springfield, bounded on the E. and S. by the Chicopee River, and on the W. by the Swift River. Pop.4572. It contains villages named Palmer, Bond's village, and Thorndike.

Palmer, a post-village in Palmer township, Hampden co., Mass, on Chicopee River, and on the Boston & Albany Railroad where it crosses the New London Northern Railroad, 15 miles E. by N. of Springfield, and 39 miles W.S.W. * Worcester. It has 5 churches, a newspaper office, a high school, a national bank, a savings-bank, and manufactures of carriages and straw hats. It is the southern terminus of the Ware River Railroad."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • 5. PALMER. [Pop. 2,139. Inc. 1752.]
    Palmer was originally settled by Protestant emigrants from the north of Ireland.

    Swift, Ware, and Chicopee rivers unite in this town, and...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Palmer
    This place was originally settled by emigrants from the north of Ireland; many of whose descendants remain in the place. The records of the church...Read MORE...


  • News 1851 - GREAT FIRE AT PALMER DEPOT - NASSOWANNO HOUSE BURNT - $70,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY DESTROYED
    The beautiful village at Palmer Depot was visited by a terrible fire on Wednesday night, which laid almost its entire business part in rains. It is...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - At Palmer, Mass., the Inabaug [sic] river overflowed on the 21st, flooding the town and doing great damage.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 25, 1888

  • Palmer Massachusetts, 1890
    Palmer is a populous and thriving town forming the north west extremity of Hampden County. It is 84 miles from Boston by the Boston and Albany...Read MORE...


  • News 1891 - FATAL HOTEL FIRE.
    A Congregational Minister Loses His Life at Palmer, Mass.

    Palmer, Mass., Aug. 3. - The Weeks House on South Main Street, an old landmark, was...Read MORE...


  • Palmer, Massachusetts, USA

  • 1906
    Palmer, a banking post-village in Palmer township (town), Hampden co., Mass., on the Chicopee River and on the Boston and Albany and the Central...Read MORE...


  • News 1908 - PALMER. FREIGHT WRECK MAKES TROUBLE
    Cars Derailed at Bad Place Saturday Morning.

    Traffic was tied up on the Boston and Albany, railroad for over three hours, Saturday morning on...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - CHICAGO EXPRESS. HAD SERIOUS MISHAP AT PALMER TODAY.
    Palmer, April 29. - Passengers on three sleepers, the diner and a passenger coach on the east-bound Chicago express on the Boston & Albany division...Read MORE...


  • Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street looking West, Palmer, Mass.
  • Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
    Palmer, Mass. Trolley Station at Forest Lake Park


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