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Easthampton was typical of many towns incorporated in western Massachusetts just after the American Revolution. Originally part of Northampton, Easthampton became a district in 1785 and a full-fledged town in 1809. The southern section of the town was dominated by a small mountain range while the northern part was composed of small farms and mills. In the mid-19th century Easthampton saw a good deal of industrial development, much of it financed and organized by Samuel Williston. Williston pioneered the manufacture of products, like braces that utilized the new rubber-making process invented by Charles Goodyear. Williston also founded a local bank and the Williston seminary, the forerunner to today's Williston Northampton School (a private coeducational college preparatory school).


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Easthampton (and Northampton)

publisher   F. W. Beers and Company
cartographer   Frederick W. Beers (1839-1933)
date   1873
location   New York
width   12.0"
height   15.5"
process/materials   lithograph, paper, ink, watercolor
item type   Maps/Cadastral
accession #   #L07.033

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