About NeVar and NeVara

NeVar and NeVara are Common Ravens, known for being one of the most intelligent of birds.  Yes, these images are cartoon characters but be sure to take their purpose seriously. They, like all the plants and animals of the Range, inspired the creation of this website. Their participation in telling the Mount Tom Range Story helps promote awareness of the entire range. They urge you and your family and friends to view all this website's pages. Visit the range as often as you can. Get to know its trails, flora and fauna. Spread the word that preserving the Mount Tom Range largely as undeveloped open space is in everyone's economic and ecological best interests.

For more about the Common Raven, log on to Cornell School of Ornithology at:

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035summithouseHistorically, the Mount Tom area is rich in places and events of note.  This image is of the second hotel on the summit of Mount Tom, where President Mckinley and his wife dined after taking the Holyoke Street Railway’s counter-balance* train to the summit. For a more detailed historical record spend some time with the reservation’s interpreter at the Nature Center in Mt. Tom State Reservation.   Viewers can make arrangements to read the Robert Schwobe 13 volume Mt. Tom History Collection located in the reservation’s management office, as well as documents in the Holyoke Public Library’s History Room.

Train, Mt. Tom Top

Two train cars, one traveling to the top of Mt. Tom and one traveling down, were cabled together.  With assistance of electric motors, gravity and the weight of the trains counterbalanced one another, making for a smooth quiet ride. The illustration and photograph are courtesy of the web.