icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Online Collection

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

label levels:

The "easy" part of building the Greenfield-Troy Railroad was laying track from Greenfield, Massachusetts, along the natural cut the Deerfield River formed as it flowed through the valley. The true challenge was cutting through Hoosac Mountain, which lay directly in the path of the proposed railway route. Workers had to drill through four-and-three-quarter miles of solid rock. They began chipping away at the unyielding rock in 1854, armed only with hammers, hand drills and black powder. Little progress was made until the invention of the compressed air drill and trinitroglycerin (TNT) in the 1860s. This unstable explosive generated a blast thirteen times more powerful than the black powder it replaced. Almost 200 men lost their lives during construction of the Hoosac Tunnel.


top of page

Hoosac Tunnel, Approach to East Portal, Mass

photographer   Unidentified
date   c. 1910
location   North Adams, Massachusetts
process/materials   paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph - Postcard
accession #   #1997.08.01.0005

Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon

ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object

See Also...

North Adams, Mass, Eastern Portal, Hoosac Tunnel

Hoosac Tunnel North Adams, Mass.

Hoosac Tunnel

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback