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Hosmer Mountain Reservoir The Hosmer Mountain Reservoir was an integral part of the city's water works. It is pictured here six years after completion in 1894, and provides a fascinating view of Willimantic before the forest reclaimed the hill.
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Pic of the Week - December 6, 2012This is the entrance to the Willimantic Cemetery
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Wood's FieldA baseball game is being played at Wood’s Field which was located near the northern intersection of Jackson and Ash Streets. For many years, it was the site of league baseball games, other civic events and, at least one time, a circus performed there.
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Dr. Mason's HospitalThis picture is of Dr. Mason's Hospital at Fairview Avenue in 1920. It was built in 1880 as a home by William Barrows, the president of the Willimantic Linen Company. The rambling mansion was purchased circa 1908 by Dr. Louis Irving Mason (1865-1930), and in 1911 he built the extension on the rear. In 1939 it became the home of the Spector family, and also the site of summer theatre, thus laying the roots of the Windham Theatre Guild. The magnificent building was demolished in 1979.
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Steps at The Willimantic Camp Meeting AssociationThis photo shows what was known as “The Stone Steps”. They led to the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s grounds. We are told that the stairs are still there and that the little wooded area they led to was called "The Trysting Place", a park where young lovers could walk and talk.
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Willimantic Moose ClubThe Willimantic Moose Club, local 1440, was located in this fine house on the north side of Pleasant Street for many years. The house was built in 1848 for John Tracy, the Agent for the Windham Manufacturing Company's mills on Bridge Street. Tracy was a founder of the Willimantic Savings Institute in 1842. The building still stands just west of the Armoury. The Moose Club subsequently moved to Brook Street, and took over the old Polish Club, when that institution built a new club on Ives Street circa 1933.
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Entrance to Dr. Mason's HospitalThis was the entrance to Dr. Mason’s Hospital on Fairview Street. Dr. Mason practiced in Willimantic from 1909 to 1930. The hospital was originally built in 1881 as a home for Willimantic Linen Company president William Barrows. The building was demolished in 1974.
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Park Spring Here is an early photo of Park Spring. Pic of the Week for December 12, 2010

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Park SpringsPic of the Week - April 29, 2011
The house in this turn-of-the-century postcard is still in existence. The children pictured here are overlooking Park Springs. For many years, this whole section of Willimantic was known as "Park Springs".
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Willimantic FairgroundsPic of the Week - August 05, 2011
The "Gypsy Camp" was part of the attractions on the midway at the Willimantic Fairgrounds.
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Recreation ParkThis was the eastern entrance to Recreation Park. The American Thread Company’s wooden Mill Number 3 can be seen on the right.
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"The River Path"This was known as “River Path” or “River Walk”. It was authorized by the Court of Burgesses in July 1880 and was to be a walkway from Main Street to the New London Northern railway bridge and from there to Pleasant Street. It connected to a “flight of steps from the river bank to Pleasant Street” constructed by A.R. Morrison in 1879. According to newspaper reports, it was “well patronized and appreciated by parties living in that vicinity”. It was later replaced by the footbridge.
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