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Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA - Hotel Hamilton. Holyoke, Mass.  ...built around 1850 as a hotel called the Holyoke House. Located on Dwight Street, between Main and Race streets,

Holyoke, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

Holyoke was named for Rev. Edward Holyoke, an early president of Harvard college.
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In 1895, William G. Morgan, of Holyoke, created a game called "Mintonette." The game is now called "Volleyball."

Holyoke includes: Money Hole Hill, Oakdale, Riverside Station, Rock Valley, Smith's Ferry, Springdale, Wykoff Park, Brightside, Churchill, Depot Hill, Elmwood, Ewingville, The Flats, Goodyear Park, Hasting's Heights, Highland Park, Ingalside, Ireland Parish, and Maple Terrace.
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Hotel Hamilton. Holyoke, Mass.
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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. The building was purchased in 1911 by Joel Russell and then housed the J. Russell Hardware Company. The hotel closed in 1943..." mass.historicbuildings.com
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Second Level Canal, Holyoke, Mass.
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Summit House, Mount Tom, 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
Looking Up Dwight Street From Main Street. Holyoke, Mass.
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Looking Up Dwight Street From Main Street. Holyoke, Mass.
Holyoke, Mass. YMCA.
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Paper Mills, 1904
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3rd Lower Canal
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First Level Canal
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Public Library, 1905

In 1870 along with John and Edwin Chase, William Whiting incorporated the Ho
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In 1870 along with John and Edwin Chase, William Whiting incorporated the Holyoke Public Library, serving as its first president. wikipedia
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Holyoke Dam, 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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Trolley Road to Mountain Park, 1909
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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Casino, Seating Capacity of 3000, Mountain Park
Restaurant, Mountain Park
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Interior Nonotuck Hotel, 1910
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Holyoke City Hospital
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Mt. Tom Golf Club, 1911
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Kenilworth 'Castle,' built in 1894-1895 by Edward C. Taft, founder of the Albio
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Kenilworth 'Castle,' built in 1894-1895 by Edward C. Taft, founder of the Albion Paper Company of Holyoke, originally as a summer residence. It was reported to have been outfitted luxuriously with materials, furniture, and paintings from around the world. The building was located on a large tract of land near the Smith's Ferry section of Northampton. An annexation agreement in 1909 made this area part of Holyoke. The home was demolished in 1959. digitalcommonwealth.org
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High School
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B. & M. R.R. Station
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1854 - Holyoke
Holyoke, a post-village of Hampden county, Massachusetts, on the right bank of the Connecticut river, and on the Connecticut River railroad, 8 miles N. from Springfield, and 106 miles by railroad W. by S. from Boston. The Hadley Falls Company, chartered in April, 1848, with a capital of $4,000,000. have here constructed a dam across the Connecticut, and laid the foundations of a manufacturing city. The fall in the river at this place is 60 feet in three-quarters of a mile. The dam is 1018 feet between the abutments, and 30 feet high, and the hydraulic power thus rendered available is capable of being employed to an almost unlimited extent. Such is the conformation of the ground, that the water admitted to the canals can be used twice, the power being divided between two levels. The company have erected two mills, each 268 feet long, 68 wide, and 5 stories high, with spindles, looms, and other appurtenances, one for the manufacture of fine lawns, silks, &c, and the other for the... Read MORE...

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 of wood, he fell off, and was so paralyzed as to be unable to move, and was obliged to remain under the wagon wheels from three o'clock in the afternoon till 11 in the evening, when he was found and rescued by his alarmed and searching family. His horses had stood still for eight hours, although so impatient to be gone that they had pawed deep holes in the ground beneath them. Had they moved, Mr. Wood must have been killed.
The Wilmington Daily Herald
Wilmington, North Carolina
November 6, 1860
1873 - Holyoke is incorporated as a city

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
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
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. The deaths number about 80. A considerable number of the victims were French Canadians, and their charred and mangled corpses have been sent to their relatives in the Dominion for burial. On the 29th of May the services for over 48 victims were performed at Holyoke, in the basement of a partially completed Catholic church, a vast crowd being in and around the building. The coffins were brought in one after another and placed on a dais raised in the center of the room. After about 35 coffins had thus been placed the platform gave way, causing a momentary panic. Women shrieked and fainted, and several were carried out. After the excitement had subsided, the dais was repaired and the other coffins were brought in. Funeral sermons were pronounced by priests from Worcester and Springfield, and a procession over a mile in length followed the... Read MORE...

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 evening. It was built by J. S. Davis, a few years ago, at a cost of $156,000. It has not been open for guests this season.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 26, 1875
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 republicans equally shared. The soul of the great pacificator goes marching on. - Pittsburh Telegraph, rep.
The Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
October 24, 1877

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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 wheels of a loaded brick wagon.

Thomas Flattery and two other young men, whose names are unknown, were drowned in the river at Holyoke, Massachusetts, yesterday by the capsizing of a boat. Their bodies have not been recovered.
Reading Times
Reading, Pennsylvania
June 1, 1882
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, 106 miles west of Boston. It is bounded on the north by Easthampton and the Mount Tom district, east by South Hadley and Chicopee, south by West Springfield, and west by Westfield and Southampton. It contains 8,700 acres of assessed land, including 1,762 acres of forest.

The western section is somewhat mountainous, but there are no peaks of great elevation. Ashley's Pond, covering about 96 acres, and Hitchcock's Pond, about 58 acres, in the southwestern section, each have outlet through Black Brook. The city water supply is from these ponds. The northwestern section of the town is drained by Broad Brook. The geological formation is middle shales, sandstone and dolorites. The 71 farms in 1885 had an aggregate product $122,544 in value.

The remarkable growth and prosperity of Holyoke are due almost wholly to the great fall of the... Read MORE...

1895 - Holyoke
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... Read MORE...

1895 - February 9 – Mintonette, later known as volleyball, is created by William G. Morgan at Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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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 miles throughout the valley.

The loss was placed at $60,000, and was fully covered by insurance.
The News-Democrat
Uhrichsville, Ohio
October 18, 1900
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 lad of 15, who has been employed at the Norman division of the American writing paper company, got both hands caught in the calendar so that all eight fingers were drawn in and so badly crushed by the rolls that three had to be amputated close to the hand, and the other five at the second joint, and the other five at the second joint. Joyall lives at 86 Center street, and his Father works in the Lyman mills. Dr. Wetherell treated the boy.

Fred Schuhbeck, of 138 West street, a loomfixer for the Beebe-Webber company, tried to fix a loom that was running. As a result Dr. Celce cut most of the one finger off, and spent a good part of an hour bandaging his torn and lacerated hand. Hereafter Schuhbeck will wait until the looms stop before making repairs.
Springfield Republican
Springfield, Massachusetts
March 24, 1907
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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, New Haven and Hartford Rs. 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. The city is very extensively engaged in the manufacture of cotton and woollen goods, writing-paper, blank-books, cutlery, machinery, files, screws, sash and blinds, tools, bicycles, automobiles, carriages, bits, etc. The paper-industry, in which 4000 hands are employed, is one of the largest in the world and the product is 250 tons a day. Upward of 4000 hands are also engaged in the cotton- and woollen-mills. Pop. in 1860, 4997 ; in 1870, 10,733 ; in 1880, 21,915 ; in 1890, 35,637 ; in 1900, 45,712.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Holyoke is a charming city located in Hampden County in western Massachusetts. It offers a mix of cultural, outdoor, and historical attractions. Here are some recommendations:
Holyoke Heritage State Park: This park is situated along the scenic Connecticut River and provides a great place for picnicking, strolling, and enjoying beautiful river views. It's also home to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, a historic carousel that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

Wistariahurst Museum: This historic mansion was once the home of prominent silk manufacturer William Skinner. It's now a museum showcasing Holyoke's industrial and cultural history. The architecture and gardens are beautiful, and there are often special exhibitions and events.

Mount Tom State Reservation: If you're into outdoor activities, you can't miss Mount Tom State Reservation. It offers hiking trails with panoramic views of the Pioneer Valley and the Holyoke Range. There's also a visitor center with educational exhibits.

Holyoke Canal System: Take a walk along the scenic canal system that once powered the city's mills. It's a historic area with interesting architecture and a glimpse into... Read MORE...

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