Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mt.Tom Railroad - Circa 1902

Workers installing wire take a break to pose for this picture near Lower Station along the Mt. Tom Railroad in the early 1900s.  In the background is Little Mountain and tower.  (Seminole Bailey Archives)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Mt.Tom - Whiting Street Reservoir - early 1900s

A family poses for a picture on the cliffs of Mt.Tom around 1915. This photo was taken near the Tea Pavilion on the east side of the mountain with the Summit House in the background.

A wide angle view of the Mt.Tom Summit House just above the Tea Pavilion on the east side of the Mt.Tom summit. The stone foundation of the house still stands, part of the radio communications building.

 Looking southwest towards Ashley Reservoir from the western cliffs of Mt.Tom.


 The basalt cliffs on the west side of Mt.Tom just below the MM Trail of the Mt.Tom Range.

A southwest view of Mt.Tom with Whiting Street Reservoir in the foreground taken from Mountain Park near the trolley line to Lower Station  in the early 1900s.  (Photos courtesy of the Seminole Bailey Archive)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

C. H. Tower Residence

The home of C.H. Tower at the southeast corner of Lincoln and Pleasant Streets in the winter of 1911. (The Seminole Bailey Archives)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

B&M Railroad 1950s

Engine 4214 heading north pulling freight near Pulaski Park and the first level canal in the 1950s. In the background is the Whiting Paper Company. (Photo courtesy of the Edwin Bill Robertson Collection)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Central Vermont Railroad

Engine 600 of the Central Vermont Railroad heading south near the Holyoke Cove in the 1930s. (Seminole Bailey Archive)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Windsor Hotel 1880s

The Windsor Hotel was located at the northeast corner of Dwight & Front Streets. The hotel was erected by William Whiting who was head of the Whiting Paper Co. Whiting would go on to serve as mayor of the city and later Congressman. 

Also partially visible behind the hotel on Front Street (right) is the Holyoke Opera House. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1899 while the Opera House stood for many years when it too was destroyed by fire in October of 1967.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Third Mt.Tom Summit House

After fire destroyed the second Summit House in 1929 (the first house was also destroyed by fire in 1901),  a third house was built just north of where the first two houses stood.  It was nowhere near as majestic as the previous houses, just a simple steel frame and corrugated metal sided structure. The house remained open until 1936 when trolley service along with the Mt. Tom Railroad ceased operation, and stood until 1939 when it was scrapped along with the incline rail line.  All that remains today of the third house is a concrete stairway and the concrete foundation blocks on which the house rested upon.

A visitor to Mt. Tom stands in front of the third Summit House in June of 1934. (Seminole Bailey Archive)