Pittsfield

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Pittsfield is truly the heart of the Berkshires. The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts have long been a cultural mecca and an area of exceptional natural beauty, and Pittsfield, the area's largest community, has always been at the center. The town was the adopted home of such literary luminaries as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Herman Melville, who wrote his classic novel Moby-Dick at his home, Arrowhead. The common at the center of town, now known as Park Square, was the site of the first agricultural fair ever held in the United States. The town's commerce and industry have fueled the region from the early days when Arthur Scholfield operated the only wool-carding machine in America, to the city's more recent role as an innovator in the electrical industry. Pittsfield celebrates the scenic beauty, the cultural heritage, and the inventiveness of the people and places of the town using nearly two hundred vintage images. Inside find Pittsfield's famous sons and daughters, scenic novelties like Balance Rock, the diving horses that performed at Pontoosuc Lake, and the famous trolley wreck that almost killed Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. Also see images from 1850 to 1950 that document life in Pittsfield and illustrate the town's pivotal role in the cultural and economic life of the Berkshires.
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ISBN: 9780738509501
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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The Berkshire County Historical Society has compiled these exciting images dating from 1760 to 1950 from their own extensive collection. The society hopes that residents and visitors alike will enjoy this unique history.
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