33 Facts About Holyoke


Holyoke is a city in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States, that lies between the western bank of the Connecticut River and the Mount Tom Range.

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Holyoke is among the early planned industrial cities in the United States.

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Holyoke is home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame and known as the "Birthplace of Volleyball", as the internationally played Olympic sport was invented and first played at the local YMCA chapter by William G Morgan in 1895.

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Holyoke had few inhabitants until the construction of the dam and the Holyoke Canal System in 1849 and the subsequent construction of water-powered mills, particularly paper mills, the first and last to operate in the city, being those of the Parsons Paper Company.

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Holyoke's population rose from just under 5,000 in 1860 to over 60,000 in 1920.

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Holyoke was previously the location of the headquarters of the American Writing Paper Company, a trust company established in 1899 with the merging of 23 rag paper mills, 13 of which were located in Holyoke.

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Holyoke is the location of East Mountain, the Mount Tom Range, and Mount Tom, at 1,202 feet the highest traprock peak on the Metacomet Ridge, a linear mountain range that extends from Long Island Sound to the Vermont border.

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In sum they would design 16 factories and mills in Holyoke and, including minor design roles, performed engineering work in some capacity on 25 of the city's in total.

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Holyoke reached its peak population before the end of the First World War with an estimated 62,300 residents according reported in 1913 by the school superintendent at that time, and 65,286 reported for 1916 by the World Book.

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Not unlike the Bracero program, in the following decades the agency recruited Puerto Rican laborers to work on agricultural land in the continental United States; in the case of Holyoke, many worked on valley tobacco farms, and arrived in the city in search of better job opportunities at the mills as previous generations had.

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Holyoke's mills had closed due to the changing economic landscape of early globalization and deindustrialization; from 1955 to 1970,1 for every 2 industrial jobs vanished.

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Holyoke is home to houses of worship for numerous denominations of Christianity and Judaism.

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Today the City of Holyoke has one of three foreign-trade zones in the Commonwealth, the other two being the Port of New Bedford and the Massachusetts Port Authority of Boston.

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ISO New England, one of the United States' eight electricity regional transmission organizations, is based in Holyoke, utilizing the city's central location for easy access to metropolitan areas in New England and New York.

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Holyoke has a prominent example of ecosystem garden permaculture—the Holyoke Edible Food Forest Garden, established in 2004 by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates.

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Bard Microcollege Holyoke operates in partnership with local nonprofit The Care Center, which provides educational and career opportunities to pregnant and parenting teens.

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Holyoke's citizens were charged to raise money to construct the library building and provide additional books.

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We can say to the citizens of Holyoke you have only to ask her and you will find knowledge to make your life useful and happy.

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In literature, Holyoke was the hometown of John Clellon Holmes, whose novel Go is considered to be the first published novel depicting the Beat Generation, predating works of his contemporaries Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

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Several acclaimed photographers originate from Holyoke, including Ray D'Addario, chief photographer of the Nuremberg trials, William Wegman, known nationally for his compositions of costumed weimaraners, and Mitch Epstein, whose photo essay Family Business received the United Kingdom's Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award in 2004.

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Today Holyoke's venues include Gateway City Arts, a converted paper factory now serving as a regular music venue, as well as the site of the former Mountain Park, now used for some large outdoor concerts, and the Holyoke Turner Hall, which features smaller shows.

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Children's Museum at Holyoke, started by the Junior League of Holyoke in 1984, features a number of hands-on exhibits, including a water table, Lite-Brite wall, and a variety of displays including 2,000 collector Pez dispensers.

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Holyoke is home to the second-largest St Patrick's Day parade in the United States, surpassed only by the New York City parade.

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Since 2016, every September the neighborhood association of South Holyoke has hosted El Sabor de South Holyoke a festival featuring local Puerto Rican cuisine, live music, and other events, including honoring local organizations for their contributions to the community.

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Holyoke has been home to a handful of minor league and collegiate baseball teams, among the first was the Holyoke Paperweights of the Connecticut League from 1903 to 1911.

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Holyoke has two private golf courses in Smith's Ferry, on opposite sides of Mount Tom, the 9-hole Holyoke Country Club and the 18-hole Wyckoff Country Club, the latter of which was originally designed by noted golf course architect Donald Ross.

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Holyoke is home to a wide array of municipal, state, and private land trust parks, including several designed by the Olmsted Brothers.

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Holyoke elected an openly gay mayor, Alex Morse, in the 2011 municipal election.

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Since this time Holyoke has not had its own daily news source but has been served by the weekly Holyoke Sun, managed by Turley Publications, which began publication in 1995.

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The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round was the setting of a music video sequence in the 2007 British documentary Young@Heart, chronicling a New England chorus of elders from Northampton who cover classic and contemporary rock songs.

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Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is one of two state-operated veterans healthcare facilities in the Commonwealth, offering longterm residential care as well as outpatient services to Massachusetts veterans.

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Immediately south of Holyoke is the Massachusetts Turnpike, accessible from exit 14 on I-91 South:.

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Holyoke has in the past established sister city relationships with cities abroad, including:.

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