About NeVar

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In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Stone Crusher

StoneCrusherA relic, the Stone Crusher located off Christopher Clark Road pulverized basalt rock that erosion flaked off the mountain’s near vertical west face. Power for the crusher’s driving wheels came from belts connected to a raised truck’s drive wheels. The back-breaking job was shoveling the loose basalt from those nearby steep slopes onto conveyers leading to the crusher’s hopper. Basalt is an construction aggregate. Better sources ended the operation. For a shocking image of mining Mount Tom, hike into the quarry. See Quarry page.