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PITTSFIELD, a city and county-seat of Berkshire co., Mass.; on the Housatonic river, and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford and the Boston and Albany railroads; 52 miles W. of Springfield. The city comprises about a dozen villages. Here are a high school, private schools, the Berkshire Athenæum with art gallery and public library, House of Mercy Hospital, Berkshire County Home for Aged Women, Bishop Memorial Training School for Nurses, Berkshire Agricultural Society, churches, public schools, street railroads, electric lights. National and savings banks, and several daily and weekly newspapers. The city has manufactories of cotton and woolen goods, silk, knit goods, shirts, shoes, pianos, paper making machinery, overalls, paper, machinery, brick, electric machinery, shuttles and bobbins, and brass castings. Pop. (1910) 32,121; (1920) 41,534.