Brightside and Ingleside of Holyoke walking tour booklet

The Brightside and Ingleside of Holyoke walking tour booklet is available from me. They cost $8 for a black-and-white stapled copy. Each additional copy after that is $5 more when shipped together. For a color copy, the cost is $13 and each additional copy in color is $10.

Email me from my contact page for details. The booklets that you order will be mailed to you via USPS so I need a physical address. Other booklets are available at the BOOKLET page. You can follow this tour at LINK.

Holyoke Canal System tour booklet in Spanish (self-guided)

Booklets in the Spanish language are available for a self-guided tour of the Holyoke Canal System.  They cost $8 for a black-and-white stapled copy. Each additional copy after that is $5 more when shipped together. For a color copy, the cost is $13 and each additional copy in color is $10.

Email me from my contact page for details. The booklets that you order will be mailed to you via USPS so I need a physical address. Other booklets are available at the BOOKLET page.

LINK to the tour.

Reliance and Central Fire Stations

The Reliance and Central Fire Stations of Holyoke were and are the headquarters of the Holyoke fire department.

Reliance Station (number 2) housed Engine Company 1 and Hook and Ladder Company 1 and had from at least 1899 to 1914 the following:

  • Button steam engine
  • 3 horse dispatch wagon
  • steamer and hose wagon
  • chemical engine 1
  • Hayes aerial ladder and truck (70 feet) (Hook and Ladder)

Central Fire Station (number 1)

  • Despatch Company 1-A
  • Hose Company 1-B
  • Hose Company 1-C
  • Truck Company 1

Bynan Conservation Area

The Bynan Conservation Area is a very large conservation area in the southwest corner of town. The only natural lakes of South Hadley are all in this area.

numbernamelocationsize (yards)depth (feet)comments
1Bynan Pondnear SH dump25010
2Britton Pondend of Lyman Terrace1002
3end of Glen Drive2002(seasonal)
4southeast of Britton Pond and Pond 3803
52004
6120
7Taylor Pondunder town dump300covered up in the 1950s

Stony Brook

The Stony Brook cuts through the Mount Holyoke College campus and is dammed very often. It also runs into Granby a bit and there it is called Muddy Brook. There is also the Stony Brook Tributary along Kendrick Street. It once had a dam – the Kendrick Street Dam which held back the Kendrick Street Reservoir – but it is not there any more.

codenamelocationservedtypeyear
1a
Upper Pond DamUpper PondSmith’s Paper Millmedium concrete
1bWillits Hallowell DamWillits Hallowell Pondsmall concrete
1cLower Pond DamLower Pondmedium concrete
1dMill DamMill Pondsmall concrete
1eBarrett’s Butting Mill DamBarrett’s Butting Mill Reservoir

Newton Smith Brook

The Newton Smith Brook has two dams – the Stevens Dam and the Newton Dam. These form the Stevens Reservoir and the Newton Reservoir. The Stevens Reservoir is farther into the woods. It was a medium earthen dam that served the Stevens Paper Mill along the river. It is a breached dam. The Newton Reservoir along the highway is a medium sized earthen dam.

Leaping Well Brook

The Leaping Well Brook has 4 dams and hence 4 reservoirs – the Leaping Well Dam and the three Pond Street Dams. The Leaping Well Dam backs up the Leaping Well Reservoir. This dam is a large earthen dam. The three Pond Street Dams are numbered in sequence as the water flows as number 1 to number 3. These are three small concrete dams.

Buttery Brook

The Buttery Brook runs within South Hadley with many of its own tributaries. It is the most obvious brook in town but neither its longest nor most used. Buttery Brook Park is explain HERE.

damreservoirtypesyearlocation
Titus Pond DamTitus Pondsmall earthen damon tiny tributary of brook
Hillcrest DamHillcrest Pondsmall concrete and large earthen damson Buttery Brook Tributary
Smith DamSmith Reservoiron brook
Buttery Brook Park Dam 1Buttery Brook Park Reservoir 1medium concrete damon Buttery Brook Tributary
Buttery Brook Park Dam 2Buttery Brook Park Reservoir 2(GONE)on Buttery Brook Tributary
Granby Road Upramp DamGranby Road Reservoirconcrete and earthen (GONE)on Buttery Brook Tributary