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Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

"Salem, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Essex co., Mass., is pleasantly situated on a peninsula formed by two inlets of the sea, called North and South Rivers, of which the former separates it from Beverly, 14 miles N. by E. of Boston, with which it communicates by the Eastern Railroad. It is also connected by branch rail roads with Marblehead, Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, and Wakefield. It has a good harbor. The town had formerly an extensive trade with India, China, Africa, and South America; but at present the foreign trade is small, although - the coasting-trade is extensive, the reception of coal for distribution by rail being a leading interest. The principal manufactures are of cotton goods, white lead, lead pipe, castings, leather, boots and shoes, &c. The city has an almshouse, a hospital, an orphanage, 20 churches, a high school, a state normal school for girls, a city hall, a court house, a reformatory, a custom-house, an East India marine society with a museum, a marine hall, the Peabody Academy of Sciences, the Salem Athenaeum, and the Essex Institute (the last two occupying a fine building called Plummer Hall). The town has many fine old mansions dating from the colonial period and the times of its mercantile supremacy. It is closely connected with the neigh boring towns of Beverly, Peabody, Danvers, Marblehead, and Lynn by electric railroad. Pop., in 1890, 30,801. Salem was founded in 1628 by John Endicott, and in 1692 the famous “Salem witchcraft” delusion broke out, during which 20 persons were here executed as witches on what is called Gallows Hill."

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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  • 1626 - John Endecott (1588-1665) Puritan colonial leader known for his intolerance of religious dissenters founds the Puritan colony at Naumkeag (later Salem) with Roger Conant (1592-1679)

    www.datesandevents.org/ american-timelines/ 21-massachusetts- history-timeline.htm

  • 1628 -September 6 - Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony

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  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Roger Williams House or Witch House. Ye Oldest House in Salem. Erected before 1635.
  • 1662 - June 15 - A fast was held at Salem MA with prayers for rain, and the Lord gave a speedy answer.

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  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Geo. Jacob's House
    Occupant was hanged as a witch, 1692
  • 1748 - March 1 - 1748 - The heaviest snow of the "Winter of the Deep Snow" in New England came to an end. Coastal Salem was left with more than thirty inches of snow on the ground.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1799 - Essex Bank Established
    In 1799, Essex Bank was established in Salem with capital of $300,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher ...Read MORE...


  • News 1816 - The temperature reached 92 degrees at Salem MA during an early heat wave, but then plunged 49 degrees in 24 hours to commence the famous year without a summer .

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 6, 1816

  • News 1822 - Fire
    The Cotton Factory, situate near Watertown Bridge, on Thursday morning last, about half past 7 o'clock, was, in the short space of about two hours,...Read MORE...


  • 1. SALEM. [Pop. 15,082. Inc. 1629.]
    The Indian name of Salem was Naumkeag.

    The first colony arrived under the guidance of Capt. John Endicott, in September, 1628; but Roger...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - A lady in Salem, Mass., recently lost about a dozen yards of velvet, which took fire from the rays of the sun passing through a globe of water.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    May 15, 1869

  • 1869 - Salem and South Danvers (Mass.) Oil Company gave each of their seven workmen a New Year's gift of $100.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 26, 1870

  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Salem, from the Lookout on Witches' Hill
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • 1877 - February 12 - 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass

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  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Wm. Leonard
    Dealer in
    Fine Boots & Shoes
    196 Essex Street, Salem
  • News 1889 - TERRIBLE EFFECT OF A BOMB EXPLOSION.
    Salem, Mass., July 5. - While fire works were being set off on the common tonight a shell exploded, blowing fragments into the crowd.

    GEORGIE, son ...Read MORE...


  • Salem Massachusetts, 1890
    SALEM is an old and cultured city in the southeastern section of Essex County, on Massachusetts Bay, and 16 miles northeast of Boston, with which it...Read MORE...


  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    The Parker Games
    For Merry Winter Evenings
    Parker-Brothers, Salem, Mass, USA

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    November 1898
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    House of Seven Gables, Salem, Mass.
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA

  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Municipal Buildings, Salem, Mass.
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Bakers Island Lights, 1905
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Custom House, 1905
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    View of Bay and Grounds at Salem Willows, 1905
  • 1906
    Salem, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Essex Co., Mass., is pleasantly situated on a peninsula formed by two inlets of the sea,...Read MORE...


  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    2nd Unitarian Church, 1909
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Salem Hospital
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Lafayette Street
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Naumkeag Cotton Mill
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    Masonic Temple
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
    First Baptist Church


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Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Roger Williams House or Witch House. Ye Oldest House in Salem. Erected before 1635.

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Geo. Jacob's House
Occupant was hanged as a witch, 1692

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Salem, from the Lookout on Witches' Hill
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Wm. Leonard
Dealer in
Fine Boots & Shoes
196 Essex Street, Salem

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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The Parker Games
For Merry Winter Evenings
Parker-Brothers, Salem, Mass, USA

The Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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House of Seven Gables, Salem, Mass.

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Municipal Buildings, Salem, Mass.

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Bakers Island Lights, 1905

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Custom House, 1905

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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View of Bay and Grounds at Salem Willows, 1905

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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2nd Unitarian Church, 1909

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Salem Hospital

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Lafayette Street

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Naumkeag Cotton Mill


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Masonic Temple

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First Baptist Church
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  • 1626 - John Endecott (1588-1665) Puritan colonial leader known for his intolerance of religious dissenters founds the Puritan colony at Naumkeag (later Salem) with Roger Conant (1592-1679)
    www.datesandevents.org/ american-timelines/ 21-massachusetts- history-timeline.htm
  • 1628 -September 6 - Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony
    historyorb.com
  • 1662 - June 15 - A fast was held at Salem MA with prayers for rain, and the Lord gave a speedy answer.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1692 - March 1 - Salem Witch Trials
    In Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, many people believed in and feared witchcraft. Consequently, when two young girls fell into trances and had seizures that doctors could not explain, many people in the town said witchcraft was to blame. On March 1, 1692, authorities charged three women, Sarah... Read MORE...

  • 1748 - March 1 - 1748 - The heaviest snow of the "Winter of the Deep Snow" in New England came to an end. Coastal Salem was left with more than thirty inches of snow on the ground.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1799 - Essex Bank Established
    In 1799, Essex Bank was established in Salem with capital of $300,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher ... Read MORE...

  • History of Salem, Massachusetts


    History of Salem, Massachusetts / History of towns in United States (www.youtube.com)
  • News  1816 - The temperature reached 92 degrees at Salem MA during an early heat wave, but then plunged 49 degrees in 24 hours to commence the famous year without a summer .
    WeatherForYou.com
    June 6, 1816
  • News  1822 - Fire
    The Cotton Factory, situate near Watertown Bridge, on Thursday morning last, about half past 7 o'clock, was, in the short space of about two hours,... Read MORE...

  • 1. SALEM. [Pop. 15,082. Inc. 1629.]
    The Indian name of Salem was Naumkeag.

    The first colony arrived under the guidance of Capt. John Endicott, in September, 1628; but Roger... Read MORE...

  • 1869 - Salem and South Danvers (Mass.) Oil Company gave each of their seven workmen a New Year's gift of $100.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 26, 1870
  • News  1869 - A lady in Salem, Mass., recently lost about a dozen yards of velvet, which took fire from the rays of the sun passing through a globe of water.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    May 15, 1869
  • 1877 - February 12 - 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass
    historyorb.com
  • News  1889 - TERRIBLE EFFECT OF A BOMB EXPLOSION.
    Salem, Mass., July 5. - While fire works were being set off on the common tonight a shell exploded, blowing fragments into the crowd.

    GEORGIE, son ... Read MORE...

  • Salem Massachusetts, 1890
    SALEM is an old and cultured city in the southeastern section of Essex County, on Massachusetts Bay, and 16 miles northeast of Boston, with which it... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Salem, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Essex Co., Mass., is pleasantly situated on a peninsula formed by two inlets of the sea,... Read MORE...

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