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Holyoke, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

"Holyoke, a city of Hampden co., Mass., on the W bank of the Connecticut River, 8 miles N. of Springfield and 9 miles S. of Northampton. It is on the Connecticut River Railroad, and is a terminus of the Holyoke Branch of the New Haven & Northampton Railroad. A dam 1019 feet long has been built across the river, which falls 60 feet in the course of a mile and affords immense water-power. Holyoke is finely situated on the side of a hill and is surrounded by the river on all sides except the W It contains a city hall or town house, 5 national banks, 3 savings banks, 2 or 3 newspaper offices, 5 convents, a Catholic orphanage, 17 churches, a high school, a public library about 25 paper-mills, 7 cotton-factories, 6 woollen-mills, and manufactures of cutlery, machinery, files, screws, silk goods sash and blinds, tools, lumber, bicycles, carriages, bits trolleys, &c. It is stated that nearly 200 tons of paper, of all grades and varieties, are produced here in one day About 2000 operatives are employed in the manufacture of cotton goods, 1200 in that of paper, and 450 in that of cassimeres, doeskins, and other woollen cloths. Pop. in 1860, 4997; in 1870, 10,733; in 1880, 21,915; in 1890, 35,637."

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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Hotel Hamilton. Holyoke, Mass.

"...built around 1850 as a hotel called the Holyoke House. Located on Dwight Street, between Main and Race streets, it was later known as the Hotel Hamilton and was extensively remodeled and expanded around 1890.... Read MORE...

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City Hall, Holyoke, Mass.

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Second Level Canal, Holyoke, Mass.

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High Street, Holyoke, Mass.

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Summit House, Mount Tom, Holyoke, Mass.

"...The Mount Tom Hotel was constructed on the summit of Mount Tom in 1897, but it burned down three years later. Subsequently rebuilt, it burned again in 1929 and was never rebuilt..." wikipedia

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Looking Up Dwight Street From Main Street. Holyoke, Mass.

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Holyoke, Mass. YMCA.

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3rd Lower Canal


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First Level Canal

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Public Library, 1905

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View from Summit House of Mt. Tom showing upper station of Mt. Tom R.R.

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Trolley Road to Mountain Park, 1909

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Second Congregational Church, 1910

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Holyoke Canoe Club, Smith's Ferry

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Mt. Tom Railroad

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Casino, Seating Capacity of 3000, Mountain Park


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Restaurant, Mountain Park

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Interior Nonotuck Hotel, 1910

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Mt. Tom Golf Club, 1911

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Kennilworth Castle

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High School

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B. & M. R.R. Station

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Presbyterian Church and Masonic Temple

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Post Office


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Tower at Scott Park, Anniversary Hill
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  • Old Photos of Holyoke
    Great old photos of Holyoke can be found here:
    Digital Commonwealth - Holyoke Collection
  • News  1860 - A Noble Pair of Horses
    Mr. Russell Wood, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, had a very narrow and miraculous escape from death last Tuesday. While coming down a mountain with a load... Read MORE...

  • News  1874 - Dye-House Fire
    The dye-house of D. Macintosh, at Holyoke, Massachusetts, was burned on Friday night. Loss $5,000. The Emporia Weekly News
    Emporia, Kansas
    February 13, 1874
  • News  1875 - Burning of French Catholic Church
    The sad disaster caused by the burning of the French Catholic church at Holyoke, Massachusetts, still causes great gloom in that part of the country. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1875 - Another Summer Resort Burned.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 25.- 'Ingleside,' a well known summer resort, about three miles southwest of Holyoke, was completely destroyed by fire this e... Read MORE...

  • News  1877 - President Hayes Endorsed
    President Hayes was endorsed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Thursday evening, by an immense assembly of citizens, and in the exercises leading republic... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - Fell Under Wagon
    V. V. Goddard, a brick mason, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, was instantly crushed to death yesterday morning, at South Hadley Falls, by falling under the... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - A portion of the Holyoke (Mass.) Envelope Company;s mill was burned on the 22d. Loss, $325,000.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1888
  • Holyoke Massachusetts, 1890
    HOLYOKE is a modern, enterprising and growing city, situated on the west side of the Connecticut River, and midway of the north side of Hampden County... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - February 9 – Mintonette, later known as volleyball, is created by William G. Morgan at Holyoke, Massachusetts.
    www.wikipedia.org
    February 9, 1895
  • News  1900 - FIRE DESTROYS THE SUMMIT HOUSE ATOP MOUNT TOM.
    Holyoke, Mass., Oct. 18 - The Summit House on the peak of Mount Tom, near Holyoke, Mass., was totally destroyed by a blaze that could be seen for many... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - MANY FINGERS CUT OFF. Two Accidents at Holyoke in Which These Valuable Members Were Lost.
    Yesterday was a bad day for Holyoke fingers. Nine were lopped off, as reported last evening, with outlying districts to be heard from. Fred Joyall, a ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Holyoke, a city of Hampden oo., Mass., on the W. bank of the Connecticut River, 8 miles N. of Springfield, on the Boston and Maine and the New York, N... Read MORE...

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