Chicopee Factory Girls

Chicopee Manufacturing Company

The potential for water power created by the unique location of the Chicopee River and the Chicopee Falls attracted wealthy investors from Boston to the agricultural village community of Chicopee.  The first cotton mill in Chicopee, Chicopee Manufacturing Company was located in the village of Chicopee Falls.  Chicopee Manufacturing Company and several boarding house are visable in this scene.

Photograph courtesy of Chicopee Historical Society

Chicopee Falls, 1857

Chicopee Falls 1857

In 1822, the Belcher Iron Works, a small iron manufacturing venture located at the Falls sold a large portion of its land and water rights to The Springfield-Boston Manufacturing Company, the first industrial cotton mill established in Chicopee.  The Springfield-Boston Manufacturing Company, soon to be known as the Chicopee Manufacturing Company, incorporated the next year and immediately began building the cotton mill, a dam, a canal, a machine shop, and tenement housing for the hundreds of mill operatives soon to be employed at the mill.

Photograph courtesy of Chicopee Historical Society

Chicopee Manufacturing Company Plans by Alex Wadsworth Company

Plans Chicopee Manufacturing Company circa 1834

 

Photograph courtesy of Chicopee Historical Society

Chicopee Manufacturing Company

Chicopee Manufacturing Company at Chicopee Falls