The First Wednesday Speaker Series is proud to host Philip Johnson, who will speak about the heyday of railroads and big business in Western Massachusetts, on Wednesday, August 2 at 6pm in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library.
The Hampden Railroad, one of the very last railroads built within Massachusetts, was the spark for Mr. Johnson’s research. Long before government and banking regulations, many back room arrangements were made to line to pockets of the rich. J.P. Morgan of New York, Charles Mellen of New Haven, Connecticut, and Ralph Gillett of Westfield, President of the Woronoco Construction Company cooperated to build the fourteen-mile Hampden Railroad to run between East Springfield and Palmer at a cost of $4 million. Built as a connector line, the Hampden Railroad never saw revenue service. Mr. Johnson is a life-long railroad enthusiast of all Western Mass railroads, and he will be happy to answer general questions about railroads in this area after his presentation.
The First Wednesday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library and is free and open to the public.