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Monday, April 22, 2019: Lyman Street File (Part One)

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Friday, April 19, 2019

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019: You Are Here Department

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Monday, February 18, 2019: Presidents’ Day . . .

on which we honor two great Americans (by buying more things on sale), and look forward to a new national holiday when the current occupant of the White House is no longer in residence.

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Friday, February 8, 2019: In a Reflective Mood

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Friday, December 7, 2018

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018: The Paper City File

Holyoke, Massachusetts, which I visited briefly this week for the first time, was once known as The Paper City. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it produced approximately 80% of the paper used in this country and and was home to the largest paper, silk, and alpaca mills in the world. It is also the place where volleyball was invented and first played in 1895. (It’s early history makes for a really fun read.)

The images below were taken in the vicinity of the Holyoke Heritage State Park, which stands on the site of the Skinner Silk Mill that burned to the ground in 1980. The First Level Canal bordering one side of it was home to many other mills whose now vacant or underutilized structures can be seen in these photos.

I’d be very surprised if the city, now fallen on hard times, doesn’t make a huge comeback within the next decade.

(Btw, if you expect to find Mt. Holyoke College in Holyoke, you’ll be sadly disappointed. It’s located one town to the northeast in South Hadley, just across the Connecticut River.)

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Thursday, August 23, 2018: Street Seen

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Sunday, August 5, 2018: Springfield Bike-About

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Classical High School History and Exteriors

Other illustrious alumni besides Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss who has an entire museum devoted to him across the street) are: Taj Mahal, William Manchester, and Timothy Leary. As far as I can tell, the Leary Museum keeps a very low profile.

The present atrium was created by removing the high school’s auditorium seating and floor, and exposing the lunchroom in the former basement. The grand staircase was added as part of the conversion to luxury apartments that began in 1986.