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Rockport’s Historical Buildings–Week 2: Cape Ann Tool Company

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Rockport’s Historical Buildings–Week 2: Cape Ann Tool Company

The Cape Ann Tool Company's deteriorating exterior

The Cape Ann Tool Company's deteriorating exterior

John Phelan

The Cape Ann Tool Company's deteriorating exterior

John Phelan

John Phelan

The Cape Ann Tool Company's deteriorating exterior

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Following last week’s edition on granite quarrying, the Cape Ann Tool Company seems a natural place to continue. The Cape Ann Tool Company was started on February 9th, 1891 to make tools for quarrying. Rockport had a few blacksmiths already, but they could not keep up with the growing demand for tools. To fill this gap, a much larger factory was built to manufacture tools for quarrying. This factory was a busy hum until the granite industry in Rockport collapsed. However, this factory managed to continue operation by adapting to new industries, primarily making parts for cars. The Cape Ann Tool Company also made parts for the famous Spirit of St. Louis airplane, which was used on the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927. However, after just shy of 100 years, the aging tool factory shutdown in 1987. Today, just the old shell remains, a reminder of a formerly industrial Rockport economy.

Next week’s edition will focus on early Rockport history.

Do you know of a historic building in Rockport? Let us know and we may feature it! Please contact us at tlt@rpk12.org and use the subject line “Rockport History”

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Nathaniel Kirby is a junior at Rockport High School and is involved in many of the school's clubs, such as the Green Team and the Math Team. Nathaniel...

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