The power and beauty of the Hoosic River brought Native Americans, early settlers, and our current residents to North Adams. Learn about the history of the city by strolling along the banks of the river. The walking tour can be done in sections, self-guided..

Want to know why our river flows within three-sided concrete? Or where 1,000 pair of shoes/day were made for the Army in WW II? Or learn why Babe Ruth was in North Adams in the 1930s? Or what could have cost 17 million dollars in 1873?

Download the self-guided brochure here.

Historical Walking Tour

Below is the additional information from the Brochure QR Code.

#1 North Adams City ‘ website:

#2 MASS MoCA ‘ website: and Arnold Print Works/Sprague Electric info:

#3 Porches ‘ website:

#4 Brown Street Bridge ‘ Information coming soon!

#5 Willow Dell ‘ North Adams’ E3 High School Students have adopted a portion of the river in the Willow Dell area of downtown North Adams. Learn More

#6 EclipseMill ‘ website: and and

#7 Public Library and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

#8 Western Gateway Heritage State Park ‘
a) VisitorsCenter and
b) Museum of History

#9 Hoosic River Revival information : and