Ruth Tours the Mohawk Trail – Pittsfield, Massachusetts (circa 1925)

Ruth was a member of a party touring New England, and the group spent a night in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Pittsfield is the largest city of the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts.,_Massachusetts

Ruth has been pleased with the tour group and the accommodations thus far; she writes, “nice crowd and fine, cool rooms”.

In Pittsfield, the tour group stayed at The Maplewood – a large and stately hotel that was bankrupted in the 1930’s and later demolished.

Ruth sent a postcard photograph of the hotel to Edwin H. Chase.

Edwin lived in Lyndhurst, a township in Bergen County of northern New Jersey.

Lyndhurst was the site of spectacular fire and explosion in a munitions factory in 1917.,_New_Jersey

The postcard was published by Chas. W. Hughes of Mechanicsville, New York.

However lovely the hotel, the tour group was leaving the next day.

Ruth reports, “Off tomorrow for the Mohawk Trail.”

Originally, the Mohawk Trail was an indigenous trading path that connected Atlantic tribes to upstate New York and Massachusetts.

The trail was the foundation for the first scenic highway in Massachusetts, completed in 1914.

One hopes that Ruth continued to enjoy her trip and that she had more stories to tell Edwin when she returned.


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