Historic Map - Adams, MA - 1882

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View of Adams, Berkshire County, M.A., 1882 / drawn & published by Philadelphia Publishing House.

This bird’s-eye view print of Adams, Massachusetts was drawn and published by Philadelphia Publishing House in 1882. Adams was established in the 1760's along the valley surrounding the Hoosic River and its tributaries. Mount Greylock stands 3,491 feet above sea level and overlooks the town to the east.

Adams was named in honor of American statesman Samuel Adams and maintained in its early years as a farming community. Textile and paper mills began to appear in Adams in the early 1800's utilizing the river’s power.

The decades long building of the 4.75 mile-long Hoosac Tunnel near North Adams spurred much growth in the area. The train tunnel, known as the Great Bore, through the Hoosac Range was completed in 1875. North Adams split from Adams in 1878, leaving the separate towns to prosper independently. Adams grew around its many textile mills and prospered greatly because of them.

The illustration includes labeled streets, buildings, bridges and railroad routes. There are detailed illustrations of the following:

  • American Zylonite Co.
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
  • Town Hall.
  • Parochial Res. Rev. D. C. Moran.
  • St. Charles R. C. Church, Rev. D. C. Moran, Pastor.
  • Academy.
  • Greylock House.
  • Congregational Church.
  • Res. of Gen’l. W. C. Plunkett.
  • Res. of D. R. Smith.
  • Res. of H. H. Wellington, Esq.

Features references to the following locations:

Renfrew Mfg. Co.
Renfrew School.
Renfrew Mfg. Co.
J. A. Allen Iron Works.
W. C. Plunkett & Sons Mfg.
B. & A. Depot.
Collins’ Block.
L. L. Brown Paper Co.
Renfrew Mills.
Baptist Church.
Universalist Church.
Stone Mill, L. L. Brown Paper Co.
M. E. Church.
Commercial St. School.
Plunkett & Wheeler.
Adams Bros. & Co.
B. F. Phillips & Sons Mfy.
H. S. Millard.
Greylock Mountain
Friends’ M. H.


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