Postings by By Rich Cairn and Karen Albano

Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry

Bird’s eye view of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1877
The U.S. Armory at Springfield first brought the tantalizing power of interchangeable parts to reality in the 1840s. In consequence, the Connecticut River Valley became the hub of innovation in precision manufacturing. At the start of the Civil War, the Armory and its network of suppliers rapidly boosted production of muskets from 3,000 per month to 30,000.Read More »
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