Hopedale, 1858

    In The Model Company Town (1982, out of print), the author, John Garner, says of  the mechanic shop
    shown in this map, "It was this building completed in 1843, that was known as the "mechanic shop" and
    that first housed the Drapers' enterprise as well as other small businesses and also served for a time
    as a school." (p. 130)  

    Ballou gives the dimensions of the 1843 shop as 30 x 40.  The Red Shop is 20 x 90. While we know that
    the Red Shop has had two additions, bringing it to its present length, it's hard to figure how its 20 foot
    width could ever have been 30....or 40. It seems to me that the 30 x 40 building was the one that
    eventually became the Dutcher Temple Co. shop.

    Water Street, shown here and on other early maps, disappeared as the business prospered and more
    and more shops were built. The name of Main Street was eventually changed to Hopedale Street.

    "The small mechanic shop was renamed the Hopedale Machine Company in 1868 and transferred to
    the other side of the river to make room for additional construction." (Garner, 132)

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