Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 1895 - Pittsfield
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 in 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 grammar schools, 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 Pittsfield 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 January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
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