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Encyclopedia > Westfield, Massachusetts
Westfield, Massachusetts

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Official seal of Westfield, Massachusetts
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Nickname: The Whip City
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°07′30″N 72°45′00″W / 42.125, -72.75
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampden
Settled 1660
Incorporated (town) May 19, 1669
Incorporated (city) November 2, 1920
Government
 - Mayor Michael R. Boulanger
Area
 - Total 47.3 sq mi (122.6 km²)
 - Land 46.6 sq mi (120.6 km²)
 - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km²)  1.56%
Elevation 148 ft (45 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 40,072
 - Density 860.3/sq mi (332.2/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01085
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-76030
GNIS feature ID 0608962
Website: http://www.ci.westfield.ma.us/

Westfield is a city in Hampden County, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, United States. The population was 40,072 at the 2000 census. The ZIP Code is 01085. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Seal of the City of Westfield, MA File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Seal of the City of Westfield, Massachusetts is the official seal of the government of Westfield, Massachusetts. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Massachusetts counties This is a list of Massachusetts counties, consisting of the 14 Massachusetts counties currently in existence. ... Hampden County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... // Events January 1 - Colonel George Monck with his regiment crosses from Scotland to England at the village of Coldstream and begins advance towards London in support of English Restoration. ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events Samuel Pepys stopped writing his diary. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Area code 413 is the area code for western Massachusetts. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Hampden County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... The Pioneer Valley and Connecticut River, looking southward toward the towns of Sunderland, Amherst and Whately. ... Western Massachusetts is a loosely defined geographical region of the state of Massachusetts which contains the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. ...

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History

The area was originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe, and was known as Woronoco (meaning "the winding land"[1]). Trading houses were built in 1639-40 by settlers from the Connecticut Colony. Massachusetts asserted jurisdiction, and prevailed after a boundary survey. In 1647, Massachusetts made Woronoco part of Springfield, Massachusetts.[2] Land was incrementally purchased from the Indians and granted by the Springfield town meeting to English settlers, beginning in 1658. The area of Woronoco or "Streamfield" began to be permanently settled in the 1660s[2]. In 1669 (OS), "Westfield" was incorporated as an independent town;[3] in 1920, it would be re-incorporated as a city. The Pocomtuc were a Native American tribe inhabiting the Connecticut River valley from the northern tip of Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hammpshire, and Massachusetts. ... A map of the Connecticut, New Haven, and Saybrook colonies. ... Nickname: Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - Total 33. ...


From the time of its founding until 1725, Westfield was the westernmost settlement in the Massachusetts Colony. Town meetings were held in a church meeting house until 1839 when Town Hall was erected on Broad Street. This building served as a City Hall from 1920 to 1958. Due to its alluvial lands, the inhabitants of this area were entirely devoted to agricultural pursuits for about 150 years. The Province of Massachusetts Bay was a crown colony organized October 7, 1691 in North America by the monarch of England. ... Alluvium (from the Latin, alluvius, from alluere, to wash against) is soil or sediments deposited by a river or other running water. ...


Early in the 19th century the making of bricks, whips, and cigars became the principal occupations. At one point in the 1800s, Westfield was the prominent center of the buggy whip industry. To this day, the city is nicknamed the "Whip City." Other firms at the time engaged in the production of bicycles, paper products, boilers and radiators, textile machinery, abrasives, wood products, and precision tools. The establishment of industry in the community changed its character from agricultural to a thriving industrial city during the latter part of the 19th century, however by the second half of the 20th century the industrial base was eroded by wage competition in the U.S. Southeast, then overseas. // Invention of the Jacquard loom in 1801. ... A buggy whip is a coach whip used for driving on horses harnessed to a buggy, or small open carriage. ...


With relatively cheap land in the suburbs and convenient access to east-west and north-south interstate highways, Westfield has become a warehousing center to C & S Wholesale, Home Depot, Lowes and other corporations. The city is also becoming something of a college town with students at Westfield State College comprising about 15% of the population.


It is also important to note that there are only two buildings in Westfield that are above four stories. This is due to a major fire in the early 1900s of the Westfield Paper building which consumed an entire city block in the downtown area. At the time the fire department was unable to react to such a fire (the building was 6 stories) and thus the entire building burned down and caused damage to neighboring buildings.


In the early 20th century, Westfield was at the center of the Pure Food movement, an effort to require stricter standards on the production of food. Louis B. Allyn, a Westfield resident and pure foods expert for McClure's, lived in Westfield until his murder. In 1906, Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Louis B. Allyn (died 1940) was an American chemistry professor and influential figure in the pure food movement at the time of his murder. ... McClures or McClures Magazine was a popular United States illustrated monthly magazine at the turn of the 20th century, often compared to the longer-running The Atlantic Monthly. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Categories: Law stubs | United States law ...


Geography

View of Snake Pond and the Westfield countryside from East Mountain
View of Snake Pond and the Westfield countryside from East Mountain

Westfield is located at 42°7′46″N, 72°44′46″W (42.129492, -72.745986)[4]. It is bordered on the north by Southampton, on the northeast by Holyoke, on the east by West Springfield, on the southeast by Agawam, on the south by Southwick, on the southwest by Granville, on the west by Russell, and on the northwest by Montgomery. Westfield is split into the "South Side" and the "North Side" by the Westfield River, and the northwestern section of town is known as Wyben. Southampton is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... See Holyoke, Colorado for the city in Colorado. ... The Town of West Springfield (familiarly known as West Side) is a city[1] in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden Settled 1635 Incorporated 1855 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Richard A. Cohen (D) Area  - Total 24. ... Southwick is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Granville, Massachusetts is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Russell is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Montgomery is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47.3 square miles (122.6 km²), of which, 46.6 square miles (120.6 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (1.56%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Westfield is situated at the western edge of the downfaulted Connecticut River Valley where the Westfield River emerges from the Berkshire Hills and flows through the center of the city on its way to the Connecticut River some ten miles (15 km) downstream. Because of its large, steep and rocky upstream watershed the river has a history of severe flood episodes, inundating adjacent parts of Westfield several times. In spite of a complicated system of pumps, dikes, waterways, and upstream dams, Westfield lies in a floodplain zone and is still considered flood prone. The Connecticut River Valley is a long river valley formed by the Connecticut River stretching from The New Hampshire/Quebec border to Long Island Sound on the Connecticut Coast. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Connecticut River as seen from the French King Bridge in western Massachusetts. ... Flooding in Amphoe Sena, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. ... This picture shows the flood plain following a 1 in 10 year flood on the Isle of Wight. ...


Westfield is bordered on the east by linear cliffs of volcanic traprock known as East Mountain and Provin Mountain. They are part of the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous traprock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border. Both are traversed by the 110 mile Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Basalt Basalt is a common gray to black volcanic rock. ... Basalt Basalt is a common gray to black volcanic rock. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Metacomet-Monadnock trail is a 114 mile hiking trail that begins at the MA/CT state border (connecting across the line to Connecticuts Metacomet Trail) and stretches north across the state of Massachusetts to Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. ...


Westfield is on the fringe of the greater BosWash urban corridor -- the most densely populated region of the United States -- and has experienced substantial land development for suburban residential and commercial uses for the past six decades. Yet it borders "Hilltowns" to the west that were depopulated of subsistence farmers in the 1800s as land became readily available on the western frontier. With population dipping below ten per square kilometer in some upland townships, forests are reverting almost to pre-settlement conditions with wild turkey, bears, coyotes and even moose returning after absences perhaps measured in centuries. This transition over a few kilometers from 21st century urbanization to nearly those of early colonial times is notable if not unique. The BosWash or Bosnywash or Boshington or Northeast Corridor or simply Northeast megalopolis is the name for a group of metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States, extending from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., including Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford and New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut; New York, New York... Like most farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, this Cameroonian man cultivates at the subsistence level. ... Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. ... Biodiversity on a 15-year-old reforested plot of land. ... Binomial name Meleagris gallopavo Linnaeus, 1758 For other uses, see Wild Turkey (disambiguation). ... For other meanings, see Bear (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Canis latrans Say, 1823 A coyote (Canis latrans) is a member of the Canidae (the dog family) and a relative of the domestic dog. ... For other uses, see Moose (disambiguation). ...


Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 16,684
1940 18,793 12.6%
1950 20,962 11.5%
1960 26,302 25.5%
1970 31,433 19.5%
1980 36,465 16.0%
1990 38,372 5.2%
2000 40,072 4.4%
historical data source: [5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 40,072 people, 14,797 households, and 10,017 families residing in the city. The population density was 860.3 people per square mile (332.2/km²). There were 15,441 housing units at an average density of 331.5/sq mi (128.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.53% White, 0.91% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.12% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.01% of the population. The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twentieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,545,805, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Westfield has long been a multicultural city with significant enclaves of Italians, Irish, Poles, French Canadians, Puerto Ricans and most recently Ukrainians and Russians.


There were 14,797 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $45,240, and the median income for a family was $55,327. Males had a median income of $38,316 versus $27,459 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,600. About 6.9% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

Westfield is governed by a mayor and a city council, elected every two years. The Office of the Mayor is responsible for a variety of services throughout the city and the mayor also serves as Chairman of the School Committee. The City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30 in City Hall.


The current mayor of Westfield is Michael R. Boulanger.

Ward Councilor Years on City Council
Ward 1 Christopher Keefe 2003, 2008-Present
Ward 2 Daniel Knapik 2002-Present
Ward 3 Peter J. Miller, Jr. 2004-Present
Ward 4 Mary O'Connell 2006-Present
Ward 5 Richard Onofrey, Jr. 2006-Present
Ward 6 Christopher Crean 2000-2005, 2008-Present
At-Large James R. Adams 2004-Present
At-Large David Bannish 1988-1993, 1996-1997, 2000-Present
At-Large John Liptak 2006-Present
At-Large Charlie Medeiros 1976-1981, 1984-1985, 1988-Present
At-Large Nicholas Morganelli, Jr. 2008-Present
At-Large City Council President Brian Sullivan 1998-Present
At-Large Joe Wynn 2006-Present

Education

Westfield's public school system consists of two preschools, eight elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. A nursery school is a school for the education of very young children (generally five years of age and younger). ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary/elementary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ...


Preschools

  • Fort Meadow School
  • Westfield Area Head Start

Elementary schools

  • Abner Gibbs Elementary School
  • Franklin Avenue Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Juniper Park Elementary School
  • Moseley Elementary School
  • Munger Hill Elementary School
  • Paper Mill Elementary School
  • Southampton Road Elementary School

Middle schools

  • South Middle School
  • North Middle School

High schools

Private schools

  • St. Mary Elementary School
  • St. Mary High School

Higher education

The city is also home to Westfield State College. Westfield State College is a small liberal arts college, located in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA. Located 20 minutes from Springfield, MA and about 2 hours from Boston. ...


Media

  • Westfield Evening News/Pennysaver
  • PREDVESTNIK, The Russian Language Newspaper, (Official website)

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Transportation

Major highways

The Massachusetts Turnpike crosses Westfield just north of the central business district. The "Mass Pike" is part of I-90 extending east to Boston and west to Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, and across the Upper Midwest, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to Spokane and Seattle. About five kilometers east of Westfield, the turnpike intersects I-91 which generally follows the Connecticut River Valley south to Springfield, Hartford and New Haven or north to Canada (Quebec). The major north-south thoroughfare in Westfield is Rte. US 202/MA 10, which includes parts of Southwick Rd. S. Maple St., W. Silver St., Pleasant St., Court St., Broad St., Elm St., North Elm St., and Southampton Rd. At the intersection of Sothampton Rd. and North Rd., Rte. MA 10 continues on Southampton Rd. toward Southampton while Rte. US 202 follows North Rd. toward Holyoke. The major east-west thoroughfare is Rte. US 20, which includes parts of Russell Rd., Franklin St., Elm St., Main St., E. Main St., and Springfield Rd. Rte. MA 187 also ends in Westfield. Other main roads include Western Ave., Granville Rd., Union St., and Montgomery Rd. East Mountain Rd. is the longest road in Westfield. View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ... Interstate 90 is the longest interstate highway in the United States. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... For other uses, see Albany. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,818 sq mi (253,348 km²)  - Width 280 miles (450 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 0. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Idaho (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: , Country United States State Washington County Spokane Government  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area  - City  58. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Interstate 91 is an interstate highway in the New England section of the United States. ... The Connecticut River as seen from the French King Bridge in western Massachusetts. ... // Look up Springfield in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... When used by itself in a sentence, the term Hartford can refer to one of several places in the United States. ... This article is about the city in Connecticut. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Southampton is a town located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... See Holyoke, Colorado for the city in Colorado. ...


Great River Bridge project

A notable choke point for north/south travel through Westfield is the Great River Bridge over the Westfield River. It is a three lane truss bridge where Elm Street (south of the bridge) and North Elm Street (north of the bridge) meet and cross the river. Currently (August 2007), there is an active project to create a second such bridge just to the east (downstream) of this bridge. Once the second bridge is completed, the existing bridge will be refurbished, then each bridge will carry traffic in one direction. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... A truss bridge is a bridge composed of connected elements (typically straight) which may be stressed from tension, compression, or sometimes both in response to dynamic loads. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In order to clear the way for the new bridge, there was a large property taking on the east side of North Elm Street, including retail/apartment buildings, a butcher shop, and a good sized church.


Rail

Rail freight service is provided by Pioneer Valley Railroad and CSX. More than 35 motor freight carriers with nearby terminals provide competitive freight service locally and to all distant points. Categories: Companies traded on NYSE | Railway companies of the United States | Alabama railroads | Connecticut railroads | Delaware railroads | Florida current railroads | Georgia railroads | Illinois railroads | Indiana railroads | Kentucky railroads | Louisiana railroads | Maryland railroads | Massachusetts railroads | Michigan railroads | Mississippi railroads | New Jersey railroads | New York railroads | North Carolina railroads | Ohio railroads | Pennsylvania...


Bus

The city is presently served by two PVTA bus routes to Springfield and Holyoke. Bus and rail service to all points is available at Springfield. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) oversees and coordinates public transportation in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. ...


Air

Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield has charter passenger services available. This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...


The closest scheduled airline service is through Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee, Massachusetts. It is within 15 minutes of Westfield, via the Massachusetts Turnpike. Flights must be booked through low-cost Skybus Airlines. Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden County Settled 1640 Incorporated 1848 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette Area  - City  23. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ... Skybus Airlines is a privately held airline based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. It is an ultra-low-cost carrier, modeled after the European airline Ryanair and the early years of Southwest Airlines. ...


The closest major airport is Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks, Connecticut with scheduled flights listed by most airlines, is within 40 minutes driving time. BDL redirects here. ... Windsor Locks is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ...


Points of interest

Italic textStanley Park of Westfield (275 acres) is a town park, including an arboretum and botanical garden, located at 400 Western Avenue, Westfield, Massachusetts. ... The Metacomet-Monadnock trail is a 114 mile hiking trail that begins at the MA/CT state border (connecting across the line to Connecticuts Metacomet Trail) and stretches north across the state of Massachusetts to Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. ...

Notable residents

  • Edward Bancroft (1744–1821) physician and double agent in the American Revolution
  • Emma Helen Blair (1851—1911) historian, journalist and editor who attended high school in town
  • Lou Barlow (b. 1966), alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician
  • Asahel Bush (1824-1913), printer and publisher the Oregon Statesman newspaper; His estate is now preserved as Bush's Pasture Park and his home, Asahel Bush House, is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Ray Fitzgerald (]1904]-1977), Major League Baseball player who died in town
  • Frederick H. Gillett (1851–1935), U.S. Representative, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Manuel Gonzales (1913-1993), comics artist
  • Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (1829–1887) pioneering geologist
  • Thomas Ingersoll (1749 – 1812), early settler of Ingersoll, Ontario, and for whom that town is named
  • Jackie French Koller, author and painter
  • Walt Kowalczyk (b. 1935), professional football player with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders
  • Jesse Leach, rock singer and musician
  • Kay Life, artist, children's book illustrator
  • Don Pardo, television announcer
  • Frederic Rzewski, composer
  • Sebadoh, indie rock band
  • Walter Scott Story (1879-1955), author
  • Edward Taylor (c. 1642–1729) poet, physician, and pastor
  • Stephen Albano artist, musician

Edward Bancroft (January 9, 1744 – September 8, 1821) was an American physician and double agent in the American Revolution. ... Emma Helen Blair (September 12, 1851, Menasha, Wisconsin—September 25, 1911, Madison, Wisconsin) was a United States historian, journalist and editor, whose most notable work was a monumental documentary history of the Philippines. ... Louis Knox Barlow (born July 17, 1966) is a musician from the USA credited with helping pioneer the lo-fi style of rock music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Bushs Pasture Park (90. ... Frederick Huntington Gillett (October 16, 1851–July 31, 1935) was a prominent U.S. politician during the early 20th century. ... Manuel Gonzales (March 3, 1913-March 1993) was a Spanish-American Disney comics artist. ... Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (September 7, 1829 - December 22, 1887) was an American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... This is the article about the town in Ontario. ... Jackie French Koller Jackie French Koller (born 1948) is an American author of picture books, chapter books, and novels for children and young adults. ... Walter Joseph Kowalczyk (born April 17, 1935 in Westfield, Massachusetts) was an American football running back in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys/ He also played in the American Football League for the Oakland Raiders. ... Jesse David Leach is an American musician from Massachusetts, best known as the lead singer of the hard rock/groove metal band Seemless and the former lead singer of the metalcore band Killswitch Engage. ... Kay Life is an American childrens book illustrator and painter. ... Dominick George Don Pardo (born February 22, 1918 in Westfield, Massachusetts) is a legendary American radio and television announcer. ... Frederic Anthony Rzewski (born April 13, 1938) is an American composer and virtuoso pianist. ... Sebadoh are an indie rock band formed in Northampton, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney, WOZQ DJ and Pizza Factory driver (circa 1989) and former Dinosaur Jr. ... Walter Scott Story (June 23, 1879 - June 23, 1955), author of childrens books and over 140 pulp magazine stories and novelettes. ... For other uses, see Edward Taylor (disambiguation). ...

Bands from Westfield

Killswitch Engage (often abbreviated as KSE or Killswitch) is a Grammy nominated metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts. ... Sebadoh are an indie rock band formed in Northampton, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney, WOZQ DJ and Pizza Factory driver (circa 1989) and former Dinosaur Jr. ...

References

  1. ^ An Historical Address / Delivered before the citizens of Springfield in Massachusetts at the public celebration May 26 1911 of the Two Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Settlement with Five Appendices, by Charles H. Barrows. Copyright 1916, Connecticut Valley Historical Society. Thef. A. Bassett Co. Printers, Springfield, Mass. Appendix A, Meaning of Local Indian Names.
  2. ^ a b Chronology of Westfield (1) Louis M. Dewey, copyright 1905-1919.
  3. ^ Chronology of Westfield (2) Louis M. Dewey, copyright 1905-1919.
  4. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Population of Massachusetts Cities, Towns and Counties, 1930-1998.
  6. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Official Site
  • Westfield State College
  • Westfield Athenaeum, the library in Westfield
  • Westfield is home to Barnes Airport, which hosts The 104th Fighter Wing
  • A Record of Marriages, Births and Deaths in Westfield, Massachusetts Prior to the Year 1700 - Communicated by the Rev. Emerson Davis of that town, Corresponding Member of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society
  • Westfield, Massachusetts is at coordinates 42°07′46″N 72°44′46″W / 42.129492, -72.745986 (Westfield, Massachusetts)Coordinates: 42°07′46″N 72°44′46″W / 42.129492, -72.745986 (Westfield, Massachusetts)

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