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Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

"Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden co., Mass., is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut River, at the intersection of the New York, New Haven & Hartford, New York & New England, and Connecticut River Railroads with the Boston & Albany Railroad, 98 miles W. by S. of Boston, 58 miles S. of Brattleborough, Vt., 102 miles E.S.E. of Albany, and 138 miles N.N.E. of New York. Lat. 42°6’ 4” N.; lon. 72° 35' 45" W. This is one of the handsomest and most flourishing inland towns in the state. The various railways centring here bring to it an immense amount of travel; its natural advantages also render it one of the most important commercial depots on the Connecticut. The city is pleasantly situated in the midst of varied and delightful scenery. The site comprises the level along the river-bank, and the W. £ of an elevated plain extending several miles E. Main street, the principal thoroughfare and seat of business, is a broad, handsome avenue, over 3 miles in length. This and other streets, parallel or nearly parallel to it and to the river, are intersected by those extending from the Connecticut to the plain above mentioned. In the centre is a beautiful enclosure, adorned with walks and shade-trees. The buildings are generally constructed of brick. Among the public buildings may be mentioned the city hall, a court-house of granite, city library, high-school house, and the churches, of which there are 36 of the various denominations. The city contains 15 banks, with an aggregate capital of $3,600,000, 4 savings-banks, and 4 insurance companies. There are a large number of hotels in Springfield, affording excellent accommodation to the traveller. The means of education are liberally provided, and the public schools generally are in a very flourishing condition. our daily and 5 weekly newspapers and 2 monthly magazines are published here. The United States Armory, established at Springfield in 1795, is the most extensive in the Union, and is chiefly situated on an eminence called Armory Hill, about 3 mile E. of Main street. The buildings are of brick, and are arranged around a fine square of over 30 acres. The arsenal tower commands a beautiful view of the city and surrounding country. The machine shops occupy a site on Mill River, about a mile S. of the armory proper. During the civil war the armory furnished employment to about 2800 hands, making nearly 1000 muskets per day, but generally about 450 men are employed in it. About 275,000 stand of arms are constantly stored in the arsenal. The water-power of Mill River is also employed for various mills and mechanical works, Spring field has manufactures of cotton goods, woollen goods, rail road-cars, engines, machinery, buttons, pistols, spectacles, carriages, paper, furniture, trunks, cards, picture-frames, bricks, locks, and jewelry. The capital of its industries, as given in the census of 1890, was $10,524,457, and the product $16,191,456. The city is lighted with gas and electricity, and supplied with pure water from Ludlow, 10 miles distant, by works costing $1,646,000. The capacity of the main storage reservoir is 2,132,817,000 gallons. Four bridges, one for the Boston & Albany Railroad, the others for ordinary travel, here cross the Connecticut and connect the city with West Springfield and Agawam. Three of these bridges, including the double-tracked railroad bridge, are of iron; the other is the old wooden bridge, 1324 feet long. The electric street-railway has 9 branches and about 25 miles of tracks. Forest Park, with over 350 acres, part wooded and part highly cultivated, was recently given to the city, and is being improved yearly. This place was settled in 1635, under its Indian name, Agawam. In 1640 it received the name of Springfield. It was incorporated as a city in 1852. Pop. in 1840, 10,958; in 1850, 11,766; in 1860, 15,199; in 1870, 26,703; in 1880, 33,340; in 1890, 44,179."

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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The Ladies' Home Journal
May 1898

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The New Game
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November 1898

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December 1898

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View of Court Square from City Hall, Springfield, Mass.

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Crescent Hill Residences, 1905


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1908 Court Square

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Court House, 1908

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Y.M.C.A. Building

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Chiefs of Fire Departments

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First Church

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Post Office and Custom House

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The Cooley Hotel Block, 1911

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Connecticut Valley Historical Society, 1912

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Select Stock at Forest Park

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Main Street, 1915

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Town Hall and Common West

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New Police Department Building, 1917

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West State Street, 1919

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Public Library


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Dancing at Riverside Park

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State Street, West to Mass. Mutual Life Insurance Co.

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Springfield Institution for Savings and Court House

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Central High School, 1929

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History and News of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1636 - Springfield founded
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  • THE HISTORY OF SPRINGFIELD, MA. AND THE KING PHILLIP WAR


    THE HISTORY OF SPRINGFIELD, MA. AND THE KING PHILLIP WAR (www.youtube.com)
  • History of Springfield, Massachusetts


    History of Springfield, Massachusetts (www.youtube.com)
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • News  1786 - August 29 - Shays' Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
    Shays‍'​ Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts (mostly in and around Springfield) during 1786 and 1787. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel... Read MORE...

  • News  1836 - October 24 – The earliest United States patent for a phosphorus friction match is granted to Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts.
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    October 24, 1836
  • 1. SPRINGFIELD. [Pop. 10,985. Inc. 1636.]
    Springfield was called Agawam by the Indians.

    The township was originally very extensive, including Longmeadow, Wilbraham, and Ludlow, on... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
    ...The unroofing of the great railroad depot at Springfield is described of wind force. The cars had just left for Hartford, and were just coming in... Read MORE...

  • News  1864 - Great Fire in Springfield, Mass. - Loss $106,000.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sunday, July 24. - A fire broke out broke about 12:30 on Saturday night in a wooden building on Main-street in this city,... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - MASSACHUSETTS. A TERRIBLE FIRE RAGING---THE SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN OFFICE DAMAGED.
    SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 5. - A fire broke out this evening in the block occupied by the Merchants' Union Express and Massachusetts. Mutual Life Insurance... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - THE SPRINGFIELD FIRE. DONOHUE, THE COMPOSER, IS DEAD, MAKING SEVEN VICTIMS IN ALL.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 8. - There is little to add to the story of the fire which wrecked the Daily Union office and building yesterday. A great... Read MORE...

  • Springfield Massachusetts, 1890
    SPRINGFIELD, the capital of Hampden County, is a beautiful, industrial, and progressive city, in latitude 42° 6' 4'', north and longitude 72° 35'... Read MORE...

  • 1891 - First Basketball Game
    First basketball game played in Springfield
  • News  1892 - January 15 – James Naismith's rules for basketball are published for the first time in the Springfield YMCA International Training School's newspaper, in an article titled "A New Game."
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    January 15, 1892
  • 1892 - March 11 – First basketball game ever played in public, between students and faculty at the Springfield YMCA.
    The final score is 5–1 in favor of the students, with the only goal for the faculty being scored by Amos Alonzo Stagg. A crowd of 200 spectators... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - September 21 - First Gasoline-Powered Automobile
    The first successful gasoline-powered automobile was perfected by Charles and Frank Duryea in Springfield.

    September 21 – Brothers Charles and... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - Big Fire at Springfield.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 22.- Fire broke out in the Worthington Street Block, owned by I. I. Dexter & Co., about 12:30 this morning, and that, with... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - FIRE IN SPRINGFIELD, MASS. The Opera House Burned and Two Persons Overcome by Smoke.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 5. - A stubborn fire which broke out in the Gilmore Opera House at 11:30 o'clock to-night gutted the block and caused a... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - PECULIAR RAILWAY ACCIDENT.
    Passengers on 7:16 Train Last Evening Get a Little Shock.

    The passengers in the smoking car on the train on the New York, New Haven and Hartford... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden co., Mass., is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut River, here crossed by several... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - BIG PUBLISHING HOUSE BURNED - Phelps Co., at Springfield, Mass., Sustain Loss Estimated at $1,000,000 - Spontaneous Combustion Started Fire.
    Springfield, Mass., Jan. 28. - The entire plant of the Phelps Publishing Company, comprising four buildings and covering nearly an acre of ground,... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - HURT BY JUMPING FROM CAR. Brakeman Thought Car Would Overturn and Leaped.
    William H. Whalen, a brakeman employed by the Boston and Albany railroad, was seriously hurt late yesterday afternoon by jumping from a car which was ... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - TEAMS STRUCK BY AUTOMOBILE.
    The heavy automobile truck used by the New England telephone company to carry supplies for the linemen collided with two teams at the corner of... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - EXPRESS OFF RAILS
    Two Mail Clerks and an Engineer Badly Injured.
    ACCIDENT AT SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

    Springfield, Mass., March 15 - Two mail clerks and an engineer were ... Read MORE...

  • News  March 6, 1930: Clarence Birdseye's first frozen food appeared in grocery stores in Springfield, MA
    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    March 6, 1930
  • 1935 - Friendly's Ice Cream is founded in Springfield
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  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...At Springfield, the grandstand at the Eastern States exposition ground collapsed, injuring four and when 10,000 spectators stampeded in panic,... Read MORE...

  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...About one-fourth of the city of Springfield was without lights.
    Also about 100 families there were evacuated from a housing project as a... Read MORE...

  • News  1968 - February 17 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
    historyorb.com
    February 17, 1968

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