Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dwight Street/Veterans Park Vicinity - 1951

Looking west up Dwight Street near the intersection of Chestnut Street. The house on the left (does anyone know who's residence this was?) was demolished in the early 1960s to make way for the Flying "A" gas station.  West of the Post Office is the Urania Building that was the home of the P.O. Spa Restaurant for many years. This building was destroyed by fire several years ago and is currently being renovated. 

A look south up Chestnut Street from the corner of Hampden Street. 

Another view south from the intersection of Hampden and Chestnut Streets. (Photos courtesy of the Seminole Bailey Archive)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hockanum Ferry - 1890s

A rare photo of the Hockanum Ferry docking on the Northampton Bank circa 1890s. 

In addition to being transportation across the Connecticut River, the Ferry was active in bringing travelers to the Mt.Holyoke Summit House and Eyrie House. (Seminole Bailey Archive)

Mt.Tom Railroad - Turn Near Upper Station

Looking up the Mt.Tom Railroad near the turn to Upper Station early 1900s. This photo was taken just above where the present day B-17 Memorial is located.

The turn was the result of William Stiles Loomis' decision on saving some trees that were in the railroad's original path to the Station. (Seminole Bailey Archive)

Holyoke Early 1900s

     Holyoke looking west from Willimansett Heights early 1900s (Seminole Bailey Archive)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Looking East Up Hampden Street Early 1900s

Street paving in the early 1900s. This is a view looking east up Hampden Street near the intersection of Pine Street. In the background is St. Jerome Church and School.  (Seminole Bailey Archives)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mt.Tom Railroad


The Elizur Holyoke rail car at the Mt.Tom Railroad "turn out" on it's way to the Mt.Tom Summit House in the 1920s (Photo courtesy of the Seminole Bailey Archive)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Original Montrealer/Washingtonian Route

The Montrealer/Washingtonian was named for the two cities the train served; Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Quebec.  This once popular corridor required five different railroads to complete the journey which included (from north to south) the Canadian National, Central Vermont, Boston & Maine, New Haven, Pennsylvania Railroad.  This, of course, was during an era of far more civilized travel, predating the airliner, and the trains provided first-class services during a trip that usually required around half a day to complete.  Inaugurated a few years before the Great Depression the Montrealer/Washingtonian would close out long-distance international rail travel in New England when both were discontinued during the mid-1960s.

The Montrealer pulling into the Holyoke rail station in the early 1960s. The depot station was designed by famed Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Passenger trains stopped there until 1967, although the Montrealer would run through Holyoke until 1972. (Seminole Bailey Archive)