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"Pittsfield, a beautiful city, the capital of Berkshire co., Mass., in Pittsfield township, on the Housatonic River, and on the Boston & Albany Railroad, at the N terminus of the Housatonic Railroad, which here connects with the Pittsfield & North Adams Railroad. Lat. 42°26'55"N, lon. 73° 15' 36” W. By railroad it is 50 miles E.S.E. of Albany, 151 miles w. of Boston, and 53 miles W.N.W. of Springfield. It is situated in the lovely Berkshire valley, more than 1000 feet above sea-level, and is surrounded by mountains. The streets of the city cross one another" right angles; in the centre is Park Square, on which stand several handsome churches, the white marble court-house, which cost nearly $400,000, and the Berkshire Athenaeum, built at a cost of $100,000, and near which is the building of the Berkshire Life Insurance Company. Pittsfield contains 9 churches, the Maplewood Institute for young ladies, occupying several spacious edifices, another young ladies' seminary, a conservatory of music, an academy of music (theatre), built at a cost of $80,000, a mercantile library, 2 national banks, a savings-bank, public high and granmar sehools, and printing-offices which issue 2 weekly newspapers. It is supplied with water from Lake Ashley, and is lighted with gas. Near its western border is the Pitts field Pleasure Park. The city has extensive manufactures of cotton goods, paper, machinery, woollen goods, boots and shoes, silk, flour, tacks, ale, beer, &c. Pop. of the township in 1870, 11,112; in 1880, 13,364; in 1890, 17,281."

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
J.B. Lippincott, 1895

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Engstrom's Antiseptic Soothing Ointment

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1855 view of Pittsfield from a newspaper
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Date: December 03, 1868
Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Pittsfield Sun

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Berkshire Brewing Association Plant "Then and Now"

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Berkshire Life Insurance Building

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Hotel Wendell

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Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) bottle opener. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.

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Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.


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Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.

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Hurlbut's High Grade Papers
Hurlbut Stationery Co., Pittsfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898

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North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.

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East Street and First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Mass.

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Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Mass.

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Maplewood Hotel. Pittsfield, Mass.

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First Baptist Church


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East Street

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High School

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House of Mercy Hospital

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Van Sicklers Mill, 1906

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Art Museum

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The Athenaeum

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Entrance to Cemetery and Mortuary Chapel

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City Hall & St. Stephen's Episcopal Church


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Dalton Ave., looking East

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Central Fire Station

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Old Ladies Home

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Longfellow House, East Street

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Post Office, 1910

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Boston & Albany Railroad Depot, 1910

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The New American Hotel

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Stanley Electric


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West Street from Park

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South St. Pittsfield, MA - 1916

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Masonic Temple, 1917

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Savings Bank

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Y.M.C.A.

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363 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts - Home of Jacob and Louisa Ellen Feige Gimlich
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  • Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
    In 1738, a wealthy Bostonian, Col. Jacob Wendell, bought 24,000 acres (97 km2) of lands known originally as Pontoosuck, a Mohican Indian word meaning ... Read MORE...

  • 1814 - First Agricultural Fair in America
    Elkanah Watson exhibited his two Marino sheep on the public square in Pittsfield in 1807. The Massachusetts born Watson is without question “the... Read MORE...

  • 1. PITTSFIELD. [Pop. 8,747. Inc. 1761.]
    Pittsfield was granted to Boston, and called Boston Plantation, No. 3.

    The Indian name of this town was Poontoosuck, and it was named Pittsfield,... Read MORE...

  • 1859 - First Intercollegiate Baseball Game
    In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game is played in Pittsfield. Amherst defeats Williams College 73-32.

    "And I think a lot of folks,... Read MORE...

  • News  1859 - A German Religious Society
    We are informed that there is much religious interest among the German population of this vicinity. They have organized a parish under the name of... Read MORE...

  • February 23, 1860 - German Lutheran Church
    The German Lutheran Society in this town, of which the Rev. Mr. Grotrian, a very excellent man, is pastor, have been engaged for some time in... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - 19 Marriageable Ladies
    In one short street in Pittsfield, Mass., there are nineteen marriageable young ladies, and not an offer. Chicago will supply the nineteen offers on... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Train Derailment
    A train on the Housatonic Railway was thrown from the track, on the 18th, by a broken rail. Every passenger was injured, Miss Sarah Hayes, of... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Worth the Pie?
    An apprentice boy in Pittsfield, Mass., who was exceedingly fond of mince pies, was told by a lady that she would give him one if he would sit upon... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Escaped from Jail
    A burglar escaped from the jail at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, last week, in an ingenious manner. He began by digging into the wall of his cell,... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Quite a Mean Man
    The Pittsfield Mass., Eagle has unearthed the mean man of that village. He is 50 years old, worth $15,000, has driven all his four boys away from... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - Buried in Pittsfield
    The Pittsfield (Mass.) Eagle says that a South Berkshire father, whose child recently died of small pox, being anxious to bury it in a Pittsfield... Read MORE...

  • News  1877 - Arrest and Escape from Prussia
    Jacob Straub, a naturalized citizen resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just returned from a visit to his parents near Stroudsberg, Prussia, gives ... Read MORE...

  • News  1879 - Thieves in Men's Clothing
    Two women were caught in men's clothes stealing rare plants from a conservatory at Pittsfield, Mass.; and a visit by officer to their home, a few... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - Tree of Life
    A quack physician of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, takes his medicine for all diseases from a bottle labelled: "Water from the tree of life." With this... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - Tried to Repel Burglars
    Francis Kernochan, a manufacturer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, arose in the night to repel burglars, but stumbled on the stairway and shot himself... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - 100th Birthday
    Mrs. Elizabeth Granger, of Pittsfield, Mass., who has been a widow seventy-five years, celebrated her one hundredth birthday anniversary... Read MORE...

  • Pittsfield Massachusetts, 1890
    "PITTSFIELD, the seat of justice in Berkshire County, is a large flourishing town, distinguished for the beauty of its scenery, its noble farms and... Read MORE...

  • 1891 - Incorporated
    In 1891, the City of Pittsfield is incorporated, and William Stanley, Jr., who had recently relocated his Electric Manufacturing Company to... Read MORE...

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  • 1902 - Roosevelt
    On September 3, 1902, at 10:15 AM, during a two-week tour through New England campaigning for Republican congressmen, the barouche transporting... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MIRACULOUSLY ESCAPES DEATH FROM AN ELECTRIC CAR WHICH RUNS DOWN HIS CARRIAGE AND KILLS SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
    EXECUTIVE CAUGHT IN WRECK AND BRUISED.

    BRAVE GUARD AND THE DRIVER ARE MANGLED.

    SECRETARY CORTELYOU ALSO RECEIVES INJURIES.

    Pittsfield,... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - BERKSHIRE COUNTY. PITTSFIELD. Freight Handler Injured.
    John W. Bline, a freight handler employed by the Boston and Albany railroad company, sustained a deep scalp wound and a number of severe bruises late ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Pittsfield, a city, the capital of Berkshire co., Mass., on the Housatonic River and on the Boston and Albany and the New York, New Haven and... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - MISS ROBINSON’S BODY FOUND. Recovered From Pontoosuc Lake Early Yesterday Afternoon — Clothing Did Not Catch Fire.
    At 2:30 yesterday afternoon the body of Miss Lucy May Robinson, who was drowned Tuesday night in Pontoosuc lake following the burning of the launch... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - BERKSHIRE COUNTY. PITTSFIELD. DAMAGE BY HIGH WIND.
    Trees Blown Over, Buildings Damaged and Wires Down as Result of Lively Storm.

    A wind and rainstorm that passed over Pittsfield Saturday morning... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - Ty Cobb Offered Match - Wanted in Pittsfield, Mass., to Meet Billy Mantel
    Failing to induce Young Britt or George Chaney to sign agreements for a match, Ty Cobb, the Philadelphian, will likely leave the city in a few days... Read MORE...

  • News  1916 - Wire Netting Bathing Suit
    A Pittsfield (Mass). man says he will invent a wire netting bathing suit which will be worn in water invaded by sharks. genealogybank.com
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    August 28, 1916
  • News  1927 - Andrew de Giorgis Slips from Sewer Pipe While Trying to Cross Housatonic River on It.
    Pittsfield, May 22.— Andrew de Giorgis, 42, of 3 Naples avenue, was drowned in the east branch of the Housatonic river near the Newell-street bridge... Read MORE...

  • News  Tuesday, October 13, 1942 - Looking Backward - 50 Years Ago
    Old wooden building used as brewery for many years by Gimlich & White and located in rear of newer brick brewery, torn down. The Berkshire Evening Eagle
    Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    October 13, 1942
  • News  Tuesday, February 5, 1946 - 25 years ago
    Berkshire Brewing Association votes to brew beer no longer, but turn to soft drinks because of prohibition. Officers President David J Gimlich, vice... Read MORE...

  • News  Thursday, January 29, 1948 - Looking Backward - 50 Years Ago
    Gimlich & White are storing immense quantities of ice from Silver Lake. Twenty teams are drawing the cakes and 40 men are cutting and stacking. The Berkshire Evening Eagle
    Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    January 29, 1948
  • News  1949 - Lutheran Church to Mark 90th Anniversary Sunday
    More than 900 members of Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate the church's 90th anniversary Sunday morning at 10.45 at the worship service and at a... Read MORE...

  • News  Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - Condemned property burns
    Benning W. De La Mater
    Wednesday, September 13 PITTSFIELD - A blaze that drew dozens of firefighters and nearly 100 spectators to an abandoned house ... Read MORE...

  • News  Thursday, September 14, 2006 - Officials: Fire set on purpose
    Benning W. De La Mater
    Thursday, September 14 PITTSFIELD -- Fire investigators determined the fire that scorched a condemned house at 363 Columbus... Read MORE...

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