A super group of people like you helped make it possible for outdoor adventurers like me to ride the Accessibility Trail here in Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, MA. Thanks to people like you a smooth and fun-to-ride trail now extends along Lake Bray to the new 55 foot bridge behind me that they built. I’d love to be able to chair-ride with friends all the way around Lake Bray. With help from you and your friends, me and mine, we can make it happen. Want to know more? E-mail me at


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.