Western Gateway Heritage State Park, North Adams

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Western Gateway Heritage State Park is a history-focused Massachusetts state park in the city of North Adams managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Exhibits at the park, which is located in a former railyard, tell the story of the creation of the Hoosac Tunnel. The freight yard was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as the Freight Yard Historic District.
The city of North Adams was relatively isolated in the early 19th century, separated from the rest of Massachusetts to the east by Hoosac Mountain, and on the west by the Taconic Mountains. With the advent of the railroad in the late 1820s, proposals were developed for rail connections to other parts of Massachusetts and eastern New York. In 1846, the first rail connection was made, with Pittsfield to the south. The Troy and Greenfield Railroad was chartered in 1848 to develop a rail line that would connect Troy, New York, to Greenfield, Massachusetts, via North Adams and a tunnel through Hoosac Mountain. Work on the Hoosac Tunnel began in the 1850s, but would not be completed until the 1870s; its construction alone provided an employment boom to North Adams.
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  • This is a well designed historical display of the building of Hoosac Tunnel - quite an engineering feat in it's day. Includes photos, a video, a couple of dioramas (nicely done), and many items from....  more »
  • Visited North Adams museum of history and science. Very interesting. Take plenty of time to browse thru. Staff was very helpful.  more »
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  • Alot of History about nitro glycerin and its use in making tunnels for the trains to get through are mountains
  • Not much going on but a nice view and a cute, short walk!

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