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view of main street in Amherst, MA

Amherst
1907
1997.08.01.0125
Although not the road where most of the businesses developed, Main Street in Amherst, Massachusetts, was, nonetheless, a vital connecting route for people and commerce.

view of main street, Ashfield from the porch of the Ashfield House Hotel

Ashfield
1999.03.0072
Ashfield House is one of the few small town tavern buildings that survived from the 18th to the 20th centuries intact.

street view of Athol MA

Athol
c. 1907
M.29
This view of School Street in Athol, Massachusetts, shows a wide, tree-lined street that was not paved at the turn of the 20th century.

horse and carriage decorated for parade

Bernardston
1912
1997.08.01.0012
Floats like these, in a parade celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Bernardston, Massachusetts, in 1912, are an American custom dating back to the 18th century.

view of waterfall on mill stream

Charlemont
1997.08.01.0065
The town of Charlemont, Massachusetts, was settled in the mid 18th century. The site was mainly chosen because of its proximity to easily harnessed streams to power grist and saw mills.

center of Colrain

Colrain
1907
1997.08.01.0101
This 1907 view of the center of Colrain, Massachusetts, shows the Colrain Community Church, built 1834, to the right, and to the left the A.C. Smith & Son Store.

early spring view looking down main street

Conway
1908
1999.03.0073
Main Street, like River Street, was laid out during the original settlement of Conway.

Main Street Greenfield, with horses and streetcar

Greenfield
c. 1910
1999.03.0008
The Connecticut Valley Street Railway was part of an interconnecting trolley system that provided inexpensive and convenient statewide and interstate travel.

bridge over the Connecticut River at Hadley

Hadley
1906
1997.08.01.0052
This bridge links Hadley, Massachusetts, with Northampton and is over one-half mile long.

wooden dock and rowboats on a  bucolic lake

Holyoke
c. 1905
1997.08.01.0055
Hampton Ponds, on the border between Westfield and Southampton, was an important recreation spot for the workers of Holyoke, Massachusetts, who could reach it by electric trolley.

black and white photo of Montague buildings

Montague
1997.08.01.0106
The second town hall of Montague, Massachusetts, located at Montague Center. Built 1858, the hall is still standing, although it is not still used for town functions.

city street in Northampton

Northampton
1997.08.01.0111
Older forms of transportation give way to new, just as older, Victorian architecture gives way to the modern era.

black and white photo of the center of Northfield

Northfield
1908
1997.08.01.0115
The commercial center of Northfield, Massachusetts, Webster Block included a post office, telephone exchange, the Northfield Press, and a collection of stores.

buildings along dirt main street in Orange

Orange
1997.08.01.0118
By the turn of the 20th century Orange, Massachusetts, was a prosperous and civic-minded town, one of the three largest in Franklin County, Massachusetts.

buildings along dirt main street in Rowe

Rowe
1906
1997.08.01.0123
The main street of the village of Rowe, Massachusetts, on a summer day in 1906 shows how the modern trends of electricity and the automobile penetrated rural areas.

concrete bridge with trolley on it

Shelburne Falls
1999.03.0075
Trolleys were responsible for giving residents, farmers and manufacturers a link to the railroad.

town center of South Deerfield

South Deerfield
1910
1997.08.01.0121
This view of the Center of South Deerfield, Massachusetts, dates from 1910. The tall elms decorating the street and small park will soon be dead due to Dutch Elm disease.

black and white photo of the center village of Turners Falls

Turners Falls
1997.08.01.0124
A 1900 view of Turners Falls, Massachusetts, shows the spires of the first Catholic churches to be built in Franklin County, symbols of a strongly immigrant community.

view of the midway at the big E

West Springfield
1923
1997.08.01.0016
A photographer for the Springfield News captured this image of the Massachusetts Statehouse replica and the midway at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1923.

   

 

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