Fort Massachusetts

On August 19, 1746, eight hundred French and Indian soldiers, led by General de Vaudreuil, surrounded Fort Massachusetts which was an English fort in what is now in present-day North Adams, Massachusetts. The French and Native American soldiers…

Sprague Electric during World War II

During World War II there were many different companies all over the globe aiding their allies in hopes that they would win. Whether it was through buying bonds, creating new technologies, or supplying the soldiers with what was needed, they were…

The 1970s Sprague Electric Strike

During a 10-week long strike in North Adams, workers stood outside the fences of the Sprague Electric Company in strike for better pay and conditions. This event changed the dynamic of Sprague Electric from fast productions to a much slower pace. The…

The Cascades

The Cascades (also known as the Cascade), a roughly 85-acre park featuring hiking trails and a 45-foot waterfall, has been a popular recreation site for locals and tourists for over a century. It’s history as a city park, however, is much more recent…

Working for a Lifetime at Sprague

In 1926, Sprague Specialties Company was run by Ensign Robert C. Sprague, his wife, Mrs. Florence Sprague, and Mary E. Avery – Molly, to her friends. Sprague Specialties – later to be called Sprague Electric – grew rapidly from a family business to a…

Sprague Electric and the Space Race

In the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, there is a small object, no bigger than a fifty-cent coin. It is made out of silicon and is in the shape of a disk. It may seem unimportant to the untrained eye this silicon disk contains the Apollo 11 Goodwill…

A Company Family, A Company Town

No company has left more of a mark on North Adams than Sprague Electric. To many older residents, the golden age of Sprague was also the golden age of North Adams. Look no further than this city for just how important a company can become to a…

Coury's Drive-In

Imagine it is Independence Day weekend in 1982. You and your family go out for the night to the local drive-in. Playing that night is the new Star Trek movie, the Wrath of Khan. As you drive up to your spot you smell freshly popped popcorn soaked in…

Whitcomb Summit

Looming over the Deerfield River Valley atop Whitcomb Summit there is a peculiar sight, a strange animal stands stalwart against the harsh winds and freezing temperature that persist at the highest point on the Mohawk Trail. On closer inspection, the…

Wigwam Western Summit

Native Americans were the first to travel along the Mohawk Trail, through the Northern Berkshires and between the Hudson and Connecticut rivers. Today, a scenic drive east from North Adams past the “Hairpin Turn” leads to a unique spot known as the…