is one of two things in common reference, a mountain
, MA, or a ski resort
bearing that mountain's name.
In regards to the mountain itself
, two men explored the area that eventually became Holyoke, Elizur Holyoke
and Rowland Thomas
. There were two mountains in the area, and each chose one to take his name. As it turns out, Mount Tom
ended up in Holyoke
, and Mt. Holyoke
(also the name of a famous women's college) ended up in South Hadley
. There is confusion
to this day from people who don't live here.
In regards to the skiing area
, it closed recently
, along with the amusement
park, named Mountain Park
many years ago). Right now the property
, awaiting a buyer
. It used to be quite an awesome ski resort
(others in the area are bigger, with more trails) for the locals. In the summer
time it was thankfully a water resort
park (later losing out to Riverside
's water attractions, only 20 minutes away.
Mount Tom still resides as a part of Holyoke's history
as it still holds the Summit House
, which is currently under renovation
. This house is all a part of Old Holyoke
, back when it was The Paper City
; when the Canoe Club
flourished and it was rich and affluent
. Performances and the arts live up there now, along with tours of Holyoke
via the Mt. Tom Railroad
, where passengers get a guided view of the skyline of Holyoke.
Mount Tom is a huge place; touching a huge section of Holyoke and Northampton
. It also makes for an excellent camping
spot. There is quite a beautiful State Park
up there on it, where visitors can go up to Goat's Peak
, to view the other side of the mountain
, overlooking the Oxbow
, and Connecticut River
. Well worth a trip, if you are in the area.