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The Hoosac Tunnel was part of the Greenfield-Troy Railroad. This railroad was part of an ambitious effort to link the towns of northwestern Massachusetts with New York City and the West. The tunnel was a feat of engineering and employed the latest construction techniques. Digging the tunnel was slow and dangerous: 195 workers died during construction. The first passenger cars traveled through the Hoosac Tunel in 1875, 25 years after the initial work began. This picture of a train steaming out of the tunnel conveyed pride in transportation technologies and achievements.


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Hoosac Tunnel North Adams, Mass.

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   c. 1910
location   North Adams, Massachusetts
process/materials   half-tone paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph - Postcard
accession #   #1997.08.01.0002

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