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North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA

Adams and North Adams are monuments to the memory of the patriot, Samuel Adams.
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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

  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Drury High School

    The school was built in 1843 through a $3,000 grant in the will of Nathan Drury. In 1851 the school became a free, public high school. In 1867 the original building was torn down and replaced with a new building.
    The Dru, 1898 ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    The Eclipse Mills

    Harvey Arnold with his brother Oliver and his friend Nathanial Blinn built the Eclipse Mill in the 1830s and began manufacturing cotton goods. The three owned Eclipse and Slater mill by the mid-1830s. Things went bad for the... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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

  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    West Portal, Hoosac Tunnel, North Adams, Mass.

    The Hoosac Tunnel goes all the way back to 1819 when it was originally proposed as a portion of a canal system running from Boston to Albany. hoosactunnel.net

    THE HOOSAC TUNNEL IS A railway that... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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 North...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.
    Artwork
  • News 1877 - Only 68 Chinese shoemakers remain at North Adams, Massachusetts.

    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    May 5, 1877

  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Dr. Brown Sanatorium, 1910

    The Berkshire Hills Sanitarium was founded in 1877 by Dr. W. E. Brown and Son in North Adams, Massachusetts. The large, single building facility was founded as a specialized treatment center for cancer...

    Dr.... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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 th...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 were...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 by....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 morning...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Hospital, No. Adams, Mass.

    The hospital opened March 2, 1884 and the original building was expanded over time. A completely new hospital building on the same campus opened in 1955. wikipedia
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Notre Dame Church, 1907

    In 1871, Father Charles Crevier came to North Adams to start what would become the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur parish. The site was purchased by Father Crevier and Samuel Vadnais from T.F Loftus in 1872. The church was... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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 Railroad...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    B. & M. Station
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    State Normal School Dormitory & President's Residence, 1910

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded as the State Normal School at North Adams by an act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1894. Normal schools were created specifically... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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 miles...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Richmond Hotel

    ...In the late 1890’s, under the leadership of Clinton Q. Richmond, the original hotel was demolished and replaced with a spectacular brick edifice with a stone facade. At the intersection of Main and State Streets, the building... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907

    On September 13, 1886, a group of 16 men, all prominent in the business life of the young city of North Adams, met in the Good Templar's Hall to form the YMCA. It was not until October 16, 1895 that the organization became ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    G.A.R. Hall

    The two-story brick building was erected in 1896 to house Charles D. Sanford Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War veterans. According to a history of North Adam and vicinity published by the Transcript ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Public Library, North Adams, Mass.

    In 1896, the Honorable Albert C. Houghton, 1st mayor of North Adams, purchased the former Sanford Blackinton residence and gave it to the city for a public library as a memorial to his brother Andrew Jackson... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 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 la...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 t...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    The Hoosac Range and Bird's Eye View, North Adams, Mass.
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Berkshire Hotel
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, Looking North. North Adams, Mass.
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office, North Adams, Mass.
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Monument Square. North Adams, Mass.
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Elks Home
    Postcard
  • 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 and...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 Out.

    The...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Church Street looking East, 1908
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    City Hall, 1908
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Home Week, 1909
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    State Street from Summer Street, 1909
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Bird's Eye View
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Waterhouse & Howard Mill, 1910

    John H. Waterhouse was, with Theodore Howard, a member of the manufacturing firm of Waterhouse and Howard which, in 1905 leased the Eagle Mill in North Adams and operated it as a wollen mill.
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Bank Street, 1913
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    M.E. Church and Soldiers' Monument
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Windsor Lake
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    Baptist Church and Soldiers' Monument
    Postcard
  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    New Drury High School, 1924
    Postcard
  • 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 ca...Read MORE...


  • North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
    E. Trudeau's Dairy bottle
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  • North Adams is the wettest city in Massachusetts, averaging 109 days of precipitation each year.

    National Weather Service



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North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Drury High School

The school was built in 1843 through a $3,000 grant in the will of Nathan Drury. In 1851 the school became a free, public high school. In 1867 the original building was torn down and replaced with a new building.
The Dru, 1898 ... Read MORE...

Read more about Nathan DRURY photo of ancestor

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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The Eclipse Mills

Harvey Arnold with his brother Oliver and his friend Nathanial Blinn built the Eclipse Mill in the 1830s and began manufacturing cotton goods. The three owned Eclipse and Slater mill by the mid-1830s. Things went bad for the... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

Postcard
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West Portal, Hoosac Tunnel, North Adams, Mass.

The Hoosac Tunnel goes all the way back to 1819 when it was originally proposed as a portion of a canal system running from Boston to Albany. hoosactunnel.net

THE HOOSAC TUNNEL IS A railway that... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Dr. Brown Sanatorium, 1910

The Berkshire Hills Sanitarium was founded in 1877 by Dr. W. E. Brown and Son in North Adams, Massachusetts. The large, single building facility was founded as a specialized treatment center for cancer...

Dr.... Read MORE...

Read more about Wallace Everett BROWN

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Hospital, No. Adams, Mass.

The hospital opened March 2, 1884 and the original building was expanded over time. A completely new hospital building on the same campus opened in 1955. wikipedia

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Notre Dame Church, 1907

In 1871, Father Charles Crevier came to North Adams to start what would become the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur parish. The site was purchased by Father Crevier and Samuel Vadnais from T.F Loftus in 1872. The church was... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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B. & M. Station

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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State Normal School Dormitory & President's Residence, 1910

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded as the State Normal School at North Adams by an act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1894. Normal schools were created specifically... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

Postcard
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Richmond Hotel

...In the late 1890’s, under the leadership of Clinton Q. Richmond, the original hotel was demolished and replaced with a spectacular brick edifice with a stone facade. At the intersection of Main and State Streets, the building... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

Postcard
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Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907

On September 13, 1886, a group of 16 men, all prominent in the business life of the young city of North Adams, met in the Good Templar's Hall to form the YMCA. It was not until October 16, 1895 that the organization became ... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Public Library, North Adams, Mass.

In 1896, the Honorable Albert C. Houghton, 1st mayor of North Adams, purchased the former Sanford Blackinton residence and gave it to the city for a public library as a memorial to his brother Andrew Jackson... Read MORE...

Read more about Albert Charles HOUGHTON photo of ancestor

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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G.A.R. Hall

The two-story brick building was erected in 1896 to house Charles D. Sanford Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War veterans. According to a history of North Adam and vicinity published by the Transcript ... Read MORE...

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Main Street, Looking North. North Adams, Mass.

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Post Office, North Adams, Mass.

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Monument Square. North Adams, Mass.

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Berkshire Hotel

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Elks Home

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Church Street looking East, 1908

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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City Hall, 1908

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Old Home Week, 1909

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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State Street from Summer Street, 1909

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Bird's Eye View

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Waterhouse & Howard Mill, 1910

John H. Waterhouse was, with Theodore Howard, a member of the manufacturing firm of Waterhouse and Howard which, in 1905 leased the Eagle Mill in North Adams and operated it as a wollen mill.
Read more about John H WATERHOUSE photo of ancestor

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Bank Street, 1913

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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M.E. Church and Soldiers' Monument

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Windsor Lake

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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Baptist Church and Soldiers' Monument

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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New Drury High School, 1924

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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E. Trudeau's Dairy bottle
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History, News and Stories of North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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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, founded in 1878, its parent town was Adams

    ma-vitalrecords.org/ MA/ Berkshire/ index.shtml
  • 1878 - North Adams is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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
    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...

  • 1895 - North Adams is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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...

  • North Adams is the wettest city in Massachusetts, averaging 109 days of precipitation each year.

    National Weather Service

North Adams, Massachusetts, USA Genealogy

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Ancestors buried in North Adams - Cemeteries in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

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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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