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Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

"Northampton, a beautiful post-village, capital of Hampshire co., Mass., nearly 1 1/ 2 miles W. of the Connecticut River, 17 miles N. by W. of Springfield, and 19 miles S. of Greenfield. It is delightfully situated on a fertile intervale which is partly enclosed by high hills, and is 3 miles N.W. of Mount Holyoke. Here are the state lunatic asylum, which will accommodate 500 patients, and the Clarke Institution for Mutes, which has an endowment of $500,000. Northampton contains many fine residences, 10 churches, 3 public libraries, 3 national banks, 3 savings: banks, and 3 newspaper offices. This city is the site of Smith College, the largest and highest seat of learning for women in the United States, having requirements similar to Harvard University. It has about 800 students. The city is noted for its charitable endowments, over $6,000,000 being held in trust for charities, among which may be mentioned the endowment for indentured boys and girls, $1,500,000; for an agricultural school, $300,000; for 2 £ libraries, $800,000; for a school for deaf mutes, 500,000; for Smith College, $400,000; for a free kindergarten school, $400,000; for an art gallery, $40,000; for a public hospital, $150,000; for an academy of music, $100,000; for a high school, $10,000; for general relief of the poor, $100,000; and for a public library in a suburban village, $100,000. It has manufactures of silk thread, braid, and fabrics, fine table cutlery, baskets, hardware, oil stoves, skates, tooth- and hair-brushes, sewing-machines, and emery-wheels. Electric cars run between Northampton, Florence, Leeds, Haydenville, and Williamsburg, Pop, of the township in 1860, 6788; in 1870, 10,160; in 1880, 12,172; in 1890, 14,990."

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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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Northampton, Massachusetts, USA


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Residence of Jos. Bowers, Northampton, Mass.
Source: Print Collection portrait file. / B / Jos. Bowers
Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs
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1880s
Crown Sewing Machines and Florence Oil Stoves
The Florence Machine Co.
Florence, Mass.

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What Tooth Brush? The Prophylactic of Course
Florence Manufacturing Company
110 Pine Street, Florence, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898

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Upper Main Street near Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

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Hampshire County Court House, Northampton, Mass.

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Northampton, Mass. Glimpse of Main Street, showing Draper Hotel.

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Northampton, Mass. Smith College. Morris House

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Main Street


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Carnagie Hall

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Hockanum Ferry
Mt. Holyoke in distance

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High School

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Connecticut River Bridge, 1906

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Bridge Street, 1909

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First Church, 1909

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Academy of Music

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Cherry Street, East, 1910


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Public Library

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Plymouth Inn

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Main Street, View from City Hall, 1911

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Hadley Bridge, 1913

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Edwards Church

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Post Office

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Talbot House, Miss Capen's School

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Calvin Coolidge Memorial Bridge
Dedicated October 12, 1939


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Look Memorial Park

History and News of Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Northampton History


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  • 1818 - 3 County Fair
    The 3 County Fair was established in 1818.
  • News  1823 - FIRE.
    On Friday morning last, the Woolen Factory, at Northhampton, belonging to Messrs J. & C. Cook, was destroyed by fire, with all its contents, although ... Read MORE...

  • 1. NORTHAMPTON. [Pop. 3,750. Inc. 1654.]
    Northampton, whose Indian name was Nonotuck, formerly included East, West, and Southampton, and is the county town as well as the largest in the c... Read MORE...

  • News  1855 - FIRE IN NORTHAMPTON.
    The dwelling house, barn and shop belonging to Moses Breck, was burned to the ground at midnight, Monday night, undoubtedly the work of an incendiary.... Read MORE...

  • 1866 - July 10 - Indelible pencil patents by Edson P Clark, Northampton, Mass
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  • News  1868 - Patent Shoe-Pegger
    A patent shoe-pegger is being manufactured in Northampton, Massachusetts, which makes the hole, cuts off the peg and drives it home. A workman can eas... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - FIRES - Stores in Northampton, Mass., Burned--Loss $50,000.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 20 - The Edwards Church and the Hunt Building, at Northampton, were totally destroyed by fire last night. The loss is about $5... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Fire
    The Warner House, at Northampton, Massachusetts, with ten stores and saloons adjacent, were burned early yesterday morning. The inmates of the hotel b... Read MORE...

  • 1874 - May 16 - The Mill Creek disaster occurred west of Northhampton MA. Dam slippage resulted in a flash flood which claimed 143 lives, and caused a million dollars property damage.
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  • News  1878 - Tornado
    NORTHAMPTON, Mass., July 17.- The town is almost despoiled of its beautiful shade trees, mostly large elms, for which it is noted, there being some 15... Read MORE...

  • Northampton Massachusetts, 1890
    NORTHAMPTON is a beautiful city of large territory, situated on the west side of the Connecticut River, in the midst of Hampshire County, of which it ... Read MORE...

  • March 22, 1893: First women's basketball game was played at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts
    The Old Farmer's Almanac
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  • News  1900 - FELL DOWN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT
    Serious Accident to J. F. Barry in a Northampton Hotel Last Evening.

    J. F. Barry of the firm of J. S. Barry & Son, proprietors of the Hampton hotel... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - Fires at Northampton and Amherst.
    The engine-house number was struck on the fire alarm bell at Northampton at 1 o'clock yesterday because of a forest fire near Park hill. Several acres... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Northampton, a city, capital of Hampshire co., Mass., on the Connecticut River, 17 miles N. by W. of Springfield, on the Boston and Maine and the New ... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - RUNAWAY AT NORTHAMPTON - Horses Dash Along Railroad Tracks for a Mile and Scatter People at Union Station.
    A sensational runaway, in which a span of horses scattered the people standing about the union station at Northampton and ran for a mile on the railro... Read MORE...

  • News  1924 - FUNERAL SERVICES BE TOMORROW AFTERNOON FOR PRESIDENT'S SON
    CALVIN COOLIDGE, JR., DIED MONDAY NIGHT AT WALTER REED HOSPITAL

    By Associated Press.
    Washington, July 8. - Tentative plans for the funeral of Calv... Read MORE...

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