Introduced in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the town’s incorporation, Chicopee traces the history of this Western Massachusetts community from its first settlement in the 1660s to the growth spurt of the post-World War II era. From covered bridges over the Chicopee and Connecticut Rivers to early farms, readers will see much that has disappeared over time. The 200 vintage images displayed in this volume depict lost schools and churches, local businesses, shops, and factories, as well as factory workers, entrepreneurs, farmers, immigrants, and other residents. Longtime residents will find the book conjures up many memories, and newer ones will see Chicopee as they’ve never seen it before.