Finding America: In Dalton


This is a regular series by freelance photojournalist Elodie Reed. Each month, she travels to a different Berkshire County town in search of images that convey the "American Spirit" that Massachusetts refers to on its license plates and that Berkshires artist Norman Rockwell conveyed in his paintings. This photo series is especially inspired by Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," which articulated a vision of America through the everyday lives of its citizens that transcended the day's political turmoil.     



Settled: 1755

Population: 6,581 (2017)

Area: 21.9 square miles

Dalton volunteer firefighter Jordan Anderson keeps an eye on a hydrant along Main Street. The Dalton Fire Department used the hydrant and one of its hoses to fill the town's ice rink on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

Crane Currency, which has been printing U.S. currency for 140 years and currently prints banknotes for central banks all around the world, is the largest employer in Dalton with 350 employees. Zenas Marshall Crane, son of Crane & Co. founder Stephen Crane, originally started this paper mill in 1801.

Doris Gingras, of Dalton, speaks to Rose Haddad of Hinsdale inside Juice 'N Java Coffee House in Dalton on Friday, Jan. 4. The two friends got together to exchange Christmas gifts.

Nicole Brown and her pug, Lexi, stand for a portrait outside their Flansburgh Ave. house in Dalton on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Brown said she moved to Berkshire County the month prior to be close to her family following a divorce. 'After 18 years, you have to get your life together,' she said. 'It's nice here — I really do like it here.'


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