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    Ezine for November - Robert Allen Cook, plus
    Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago,
    and more.

    The Draper condo proposal of 1986-89

    Draper plant photos that appear to be from the
    1960s. Saved by Bob Anderson of Upton when
    Rockwell people were discarding them.   Page 1
    (machinery and workers - some from the West
    Foundry)       Page 2 (machinery and workers)     
    Page 3 (machinery and workers)     Page 4
    (machinery and workers)     Page 5 (office workers,
    executives and meetings)     Page 6 (loom
    assembly)     Page 7 (people)     




    This site was started in 2002, shortly after the
    publication of Images of America: Hopedale, to
    relate more of the history of Hopedale,
    Massachusetts. In 1842, a Utopian socialist
    commune was established here in a section of
    Milford called The Dale. The commune failed in
    1856, and its assets were taken over by the major
    stockholders of the Community, Ebenezer and
    George Draper. The companies they established
    eventually  evolved into the Draper Corporation, at
    one time the world's largest manufacturer of
    automatic cotton looms. In 1886 the village
    separated from Milford to become an independent
    town. Hopedale has an area of only five square
    miles, a population of about 6,000 and is located
    in the Blackstone Valley in south-central

    Massachusetts maps showing Hopedale's location.

    While this site originally included only Hopedale
    history, since 2005 some current stories and
    pictures have been added. Most of them can be
    seen by going to the Recent Pictures Menus on
    the right


    If you have additional information, corrections or
    opinions on any of the material here, e-mail me
    and I'll add your thoughts or corrections to the site.

    I send out Hopedale history ezines twice
    each month. If you'd like to be added to the
    list to receive them, let  me know by using  
    the email link above. To read them online, go
    to the Hopedale History Ezine link in the
    column on the right side of this page.  

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    Click on the picture to go to Milford News articles on work going on
    at the Draper plant, with photos added as the project continues.

    Click the picture to go to Draper demolition
    on the Freedom Street side of the plant.