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1874 Loomis and Kirtland City Plan or Map of Holyoke, Massachusetts

Map of the City of Holyoke. - Main View

1874 Loomis and Kirtland City Plan or Map of Holyoke, Massachusetts


An extremely rare map of Holyoke, Massachusetts published by the owner of the Holyoke Street Railway Company.


Map of the City of Holyoke.
  1874 (undated)     17.75 x 20 in (45.085 x 50.8 cm)     1 : 7920


This is a c. 1874 William Loomis and Edwin Kirtland city plan or map of Holyoke, Massachusetts, a historic mill town on the Connecticut River. Holyoke is located in the famous 'Five Colleges' region of the Pioneer Valley, including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Holyoke is divided into wards, each of which is shaded a different color to allow for easy differentiation. Buildings are illustrated throughout the city, many of which are labeled, including the grammar school, high school, city hall, as well as numerous businesses and churches. Three canals cut through the city, and the Connecticut River Railroad traverses a few city wards before reaching running along the bank of the Connecticut River. The whole is surrounded by a beautiful border.
Publication History and Census
This map was published by William Loomis and Edwin Kirtland c. 1874. This is the only known surviving example.


William S. Loomis (1840 - July 10, 1914) was an American publisher and businessman. Born in Granville, Massachusetts, Loomis moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts as a young boy. He graduated from Holyoke High School and worked in his father's store. When the American Civil War broke out, Loomis enlisted in B Company, 46th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry and was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant in January 1863 by Governor John A. Andrews. After the war, Loomis was elected Holyoke town clerk and held the position for a number of years. Loomis bought a share of the Holyoke Transcript, the town's weekly newspaper, from Charles M. Lyman, and began publishing the paper with Edwin L. Kirtland unde the name Loomis and Kirtland. Kirtland sold his shares to William G. Dwight in 1881, and Loomis and Dwight began working on converting the paper from a weekly to a daily. Loomis, however, sold his share of the paper in 1888 to devote himself to the Holyoke Street Railway Company, which he owned. He soon had a street railway line operating in Elmwood as well, and not long after organized the Mt. Tom Railway Company. Loomis resigned as general manager of the Holyoke Street Railway Company in 1912, but retained the presidency. He also was still serving as president of the Mt. Tom Railway COmpany, vice-president of the Holyoke Savings Bank, vice-president of the Holyoke Library Association, and president of the Forestdale Cemetery Association when he died. More by this mapmaker...

Edwin Leander Kirtland (1833 - April 12, 1910) was an American publisher, public servant, and musician. Born in Westbrook, Connecticut, Kirtland graduated from Yale in 1859 and taught at Westbrook Academy the next year. he worled in the pension office in Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War and was in Ford's Theater the night President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. After he retired from the pension office, he lived in Philadelphia for a few years before returning to Connecticut, where he was elected to the Connecticut State Legislature in 1869. He moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1870. Kirtland purchased Henry M. Burt's share of the Holyoke Transcript, the town's weekly newspaper, in 1870 and sold his share of the newspaper in 1881. Kirtland was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1873 and wrote a history of the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts that was published in 1898. He held the position of superintendent of schools in Holyoke for twenty years. He died at his home in Holyoke in 1910. He married Laura Maria Whiting on July 6, 1892. Learn More...


Good. Laid down on archival tissue. Closed tear extending from left side into printed area professionally repaired. Two infill repairs to left border.