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Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

"Chester, a post-township of Hampden co. Mass. on the Western railroad 100 miles W. by S. from Boston. Population, 1521."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.


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Riverside Inn, Chester, Mass.

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Main Street Bridge (Westfield River)

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Bird's Eye View of Chester, Mass., Looking North

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Main Street, 1910

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The Berkshire Hills, near Chester, Mass., 1912


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Main Street looking East, 1912

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Blue Door Tea Shop

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Huntington Road

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  • 7. CHESTER. [Pop. 1,632. Inc. 1765.]
    A factory village is at the southeastern corner of the township, but the rest of the town is agricultural.

    Westfield River runs through... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Chester
    This town was incorporated in 1765. The Rev. Aaron Bascom and. Samuel M. Emerson appear to have been the first ministers. Rev. Rufus Pomeroy was... Read MORE...

  • News  1848 - Justice?
    A few days since, Edwin Austen, of Chester, Mass, ran away with the wife and two children of Edwin Wilcox, of the same place. The injured husband... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    CHESTER, a township of Hampden co., in the state of Massachusetts, 116 m. SW of Boston. It is generally mountainous, and is drained by branches of... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Hiram Smith, and eccentric old bachelor at Chester, Mass., is having his sepulcher hewn in a large rock in that town.
    He pays a man $700 to do the work, and by the stipulation the cave is to be seven feet long, four wide, and four deep, and after his coffin is put... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - A New York dispatch says: It is believed a practically inexhaustible supply of emery ore has been discovered near Peekskill.
    The discovery is regarded as one of the greatest importance, from the fact that this metal, in a sufficiently pure state to make it marketable, is... Read MORE...

  • Chester Massachusetts, 1890
    Chester, noted for its wild and picturesque scenery, occupies the northwest extremity of Hampden County, and has for its bounds, Worthington on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - A TRAIN'S FATAL PLUNGE IT GOES THROUGH A BRIDGE IN MASSACHUSETTS
    The Locomotive Got Across Safely, But Four Wagner Cars Plunged Into the Stream - Many Persons Killed or Injured - The Scene at the Wreck.

    The... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Chester, a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., on a branch of the Westfield River and on the Boston and Albany R., 28 miles WNW. of Springfield. It... Read MORE...

  • 1975 - August 2 - 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
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  • 1981 - January 12 - 35°F, Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
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