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North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA

In 1870, seventy-five men from China arrived in North Adams, to be employed in a boot and shoe factory, the first men from China ever sent East.

North Adams includes: Beaver, Blackinton, Braytonville, Burdickville, Greylock, Houghtonville, Kempville, Loraine, and Notch.


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  • 1737 - North Adams is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • News 1846 - Fifty factory girls recently went sleighing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Only think of FIFTY emancipated working girls on a spree!

    The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 23, 1846

  • 1854 - North Adams
    North Adams, a post-village of Adams township, Berkshire co., Massachusetts, on the Hoosick river, at the northern terminus of the Pitsfield and...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - The operatives in the cotton and woolen mills in North Adams, Massachusetts, work eleven hours per day, and the average wages is six dollars per week.

    The New Orleans Crescent
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    November 20, 1868

  • News 1870 - 75 Chinamen
    CHICAGO, June 12. - A gang of seventy-five Chinamen arrived here from San Francisco, en route to North Adams, Massachusetts, to be employed in a boot ...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Should have said Yes?
    An aged woman in North Adams, Massachusetts, relates that many years ago, while attending a social dance, a young mechanic asked for her hand for one ...Read MORE...


  • News 1875 - Fatal Accident.
    EDWARD McCRAW, foreman of a gang in the Little Tunnel at North Adams, Mass., was crushed to death on Thursday night while shackling corn.

    The New Hampshire Patriot
    Concord, New Hampshire
    November 24, 1875

  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Natural Bridge, North Adams
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • News 1877 - Only 68 Chinese shoemakers remain at North Adams, Massachusetts.

    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    May 5, 1877

  • 1878 - North Adams is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1878 - North Adams, founded in 1878, its parent town was Adams

    ma-vitalrecords.org/ MA/ Berkshire/ index.shtml

  • News 1879 - Chinamen in a Riot - Scene in a North Adams Shoe Shop - Fighting with American Workmen.
    NORTH ADAMS, Mass., July 3. - About 10 o'clock this morning, Elmer Hewett, a pegger in the Chinese work-room, at Sampson's shoe shop, was struck on...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - Nitro-Glycerine Works Explodes
    The Mosbray nitro-glycerine works at North Adams, Massachusetts, have been blown up three times. They have had ten superintendents, eight of whom...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - The Water Responsible
    Some time ago a mysterious epidemic broke out at North Adams, Massachusetts, and for several weeks everybody was wondering what it could be caused...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - DEATH ON THE RAIL. RAILROAD WORKMEN KILLED AND INJURED IN MASSACHUSETTS.
    North Adams, Mass., Oct. 21. - A terrible accident to a caboose containing working men belonging to the North Adams freight yard occurred this...Read MORE...


  • North Adams Massachusetts, 1890
    North Adams is a flourishing manufacturing town on the Hoosac River, in the northern part of Berkshire County. The junction of the Housatonic...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    B. & M. Station
  • 1895 - North Adams is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1895 - North Adams
    North Ad'ams, a post-village in North Adams town ship, Berkshire co., Mass., on the Hoosac River, near the W. end of the great Hoosac Tunnel, 20...Read MORE...


  • News 1898 - MILK DEALER KILLED. Charles Davis Thrown From His Wagon and His Skull Fractured.
    North Adams, Mass., Aug. 30 - Charles Davis, aged 41, a milk dealer, was thrown from his wagon, when his horse ran away today, and died three hours...Read MORE...


  • News 1899 - VACATION AT AN END. The President and Party Leave Adams, Mass., for the Nation's Capitol.
    NORTH ADAMS, Mass., June 26. - The President [McKinley] was met at 2:30 o'clock on Church street, by Sanford Post G. A. R. and a band, and was taken...Read MORE...


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    The Hoosac Range and Bird's Eye View, North Adams, Mass.
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    Berkshire Hotel
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    G.A.R. Hall
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, Looking North. North Adams, Mass.
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office, North Adams, Mass.
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    West Portal, Hoosac Tunnel, North Adams, Mass.
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Hospital. No. Adams, Mass.
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    Public Library, North Adams, Mass.
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    Monument Square. North Adams, Mass.
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    Elks Home
  • 1906
    North Adams, a city of Berkshire co., Mass., on the Hoosac River, near the W. end of the Hoosac Tunnel, 36 miles E. of Albany, N.Y., on the Boston...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - PANIC IN THEATER AUDIENCE - EXPLOSION AT NORTH ADAMS.
    Many Rush for the Doors at Empire Theater When Picture Machine Takes Fire - One Woman Trampled on and Others Hysterical - Fire Quickly Put...Read MORE...


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    Notre Dame Church, 1907
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Church Street looking East, 1908
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    City Hall, 1908
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Home Week, 1909
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    State Street from Summer Street, 1909
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Bird's Eye View
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Drury High School
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Warehouse & Howard Mill, 1910
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    State Normal School Dormitory & President's Residence, 1910
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Dr. Brown Sanatorium, 1910
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    The Eclipse Mills
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Bank Street, 1913
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    M.E. Church and Soldiers' Monument
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Richmond Hotel
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Windsor Lake
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Baptist Church and Soldiers' Monument
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    New Drury High School, 1924
  • News 1927 - Flood
    ...Northwestern Massachusetts also felt the flood. Property loss was estimated at more than $1,000,000 in North Adams alone. The national guard was...Read MORE...


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    E. Trudeau's Dairy bottle


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Natural Bridge, North Adams
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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B. & M. Station

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Post Office, North Adams, Mass.

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Monument Square. North Adams, Mass.

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Public Library, North Adams, Mass.

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Hospital. No. Adams, Mass.

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West Portal, Hoosac Tunnel, North Adams, Mass.

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The Hoosac Range and Bird's Eye View, North Adams, Mass.

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Main Street, Looking North. North Adams, Mass.

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Elks Home

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Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907

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Notre Dame Church, 1907

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City Hall, 1908

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Church Street looking East, 1908

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State Street from Summer Street, 1909

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Old Home Week, 1909

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Dr. Brown Sanatorium, 1910

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State Normal School Dormitory & President's Residence, 1910

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Warehouse & Howard Mill, 1910

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Drury High School

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Bird's Eye View

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The Eclipse Mills

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M.E. Church and Soldiers' Monument

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Windsor Lake

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New Drury High School, 1924

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E. Trudeau's Dairy bottle
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  • 1737 - North Adams is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • News  1846 - Fifty factory girls recently went sleighing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Only think of FIFTY emancipated working girls on a spree!
    The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 23, 1846
  • 1854 - North Adams
    North Adams, a post-village of Adams township, Berkshire co., Massachusetts, on the Hoosick river, at the northern terminus of the Pitsfield and... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - The operatives in the cotton and woolen mills in North Adams, Massachusetts, work eleven hours per day, and the average wages is six dollars per week.
    The New Orleans Crescent
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    November 20, 1868
  • News  1870 - 75 Chinamen
    CHICAGO, June 12. - A gang of seventy-five Chinamen arrived here from San Francisco, en route to North Adams, Massachusetts, to be employed in a boot ... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Should have said Yes?
    An aged woman in North Adams, Massachusetts, relates that many years ago, while attending a social dance, a young mechanic asked for her hand for one ... Read MORE...

  • News  1875 - Fatal Accident.
    EDWARD McCRAW, foreman of a gang in the Little Tunnel at North Adams, Mass., was crushed to death on Thursday night while shackling corn.
    The New Hampshire Patriot
    Concord, New Hampshire
    November 24, 1875
  • News  1877 - Only 68 Chinese shoemakers remain at North Adams, Massachusetts.
    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    May 5, 1877
  • 1878 - North Adams is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1878 - North Adams, founded in 1878, its parent town was Adams

    ma-vitalrecords.org/ MA/ Berkshire/ index.shtml
  • News  1879 - Chinamen in a Riot - Scene in a North Adams Shoe Shop - Fighting with American Workmen.
    NORTH ADAMS, Mass., July 3. - About 10 o'clock this morning, Elmer Hewett, a pegger in the Chinese work-room, at Sampson's shoe shop, was struck on... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - The Water Responsible
    Some time ago a mysterious epidemic broke out at North Adams, Massachusetts, and for several weeks everybody was wondering what it could be caused... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - Nitro-Glycerine Works Explodes
    The Mosbray nitro-glycerine works at North Adams, Massachusetts, have been blown up three times. They have had ten superintendents, eight of whom... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - DEATH ON THE RAIL. RAILROAD WORKMEN KILLED AND INJURED IN MASSACHUSETTS.
    North Adams, Mass., Oct. 21. - A terrible accident to a caboose containing working men belonging to the North Adams freight yard occurred this... Read MORE...

  • North Adams Massachusetts, 1890
    North Adams is a flourishing manufacturing town on the Hoosac River, in the northern part of Berkshire County. The junction of the Housatonic... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - North Adams is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1895 - North Adams
    North Ad'ams, a post-village in North Adams town ship, Berkshire co., Mass., on the Hoosac River, near the W. end of the great Hoosac Tunnel, 20... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - MILK DEALER KILLED. Charles Davis Thrown From His Wagon and His Skull Fractured.
    North Adams, Mass., Aug. 30 - Charles Davis, aged 41, a milk dealer, was thrown from his wagon, when his horse ran away today, and died three hours... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - VACATION AT AN END. The President and Party Leave Adams, Mass., for the Nation's Capitol.
    NORTH ADAMS, Mass., June 26. - The President [McKinley] was met at 2:30 o'clock on Church street, by Sanford Post G. A. R. and a band, and was taken... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    North Adams, a city of Berkshire co., Mass., on the Hoosac River, near the W. end of the Hoosac Tunnel, 36 miles E. of Albany, N.Y., on the Boston... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - PANIC IN THEATER AUDIENCE - EXPLOSION AT NORTH ADAMS.
    Many Rush for the Doors at Empire Theater When Picture Machine Takes Fire - One Woman Trampled on and Others Hysterical - Fire Quickly Put... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - Flood
    ...Northwestern Massachusetts also felt the flood. Property loss was estimated at more than $1,000,000 in North Adams alone. The national guard was... Read MORE...

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Adams and North Adams, Massachusetts Directories, 1887, 1889-90, 1890-93

JURY LIST, CITY OF NORTH ADAMS - 1901 - Berkshire Genealogist, Volume 28, Number 4 - Fall 2007

North Adams, Massachusetts City Directory, 1904


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