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From the time of its founding in 1669 to 1725, Westfield, Massachusetts, was the most western town in the Massachusetts Colony. Westfield transformed itself from an agricultural town into a thriving industrial city in the 19th century. Good transportation was available by both water and railroad. The whip industry began in 1808, and by 1840 there were thirteen companies. By 1850, thirty companies were producing whips. The industry gave the city its nickname of "Whip City." Other companies made paper, organs, and cigars, and there were powder mills (for producing gun powder) and brickyards. In 1844, the first students enrolled in the Westfield Normal School, where they would be trained to be teachers. The school is still in town, and is now called Westfield State College.


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Westfield Map

creator   C. H. Vogt and Company
date   1875
location   Boston, Massachusetts
width   28.0"
height   17.0"
process/materials   lithograph, paper, ink
item type   Maps/Cadastral
accession #   #L07.035

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"Exhibition. Westfield Academy. Order of Exercises."

"Historical Collections, being a General Collection of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes &c.",

"Catalogue of the State Normal School at Westfield, Mass. For the year ending July 26, 1859"

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