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Methodist ChurchThe Willimantic Methodist Church gave its name to to Church Street. It was built in 1848, and demolished in 1974.
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Windham Manufacturing CompanyThe Windham Manufacturing Company's Willimantic mills are seen here in 1907. This Company was organized in 1824, and became one of America's largest producers of "duck cloth" used extensively in sailing ship sails. The mills closed for cotton cloth production in 1928, but were home for several industries until their demolition in 1974.
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Dr. Thomas Morton Hills Hospital Dr. Thomas Morton Hills Hospital stood on North Street behind the building occupied today by Quinebaug Community College (Todds). It was built in the 1880s and demolished during redevelopment in the early 1970s. Hills was a noted surgeon, an expert in the swift amputation of limbs. Note the Methodist Church at the rear which stood on Church Street, and which was also demolished in 1974.
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Junction of Main and Railroad Street in 1974This is a photograph taken of the junction of Main and Railroad Street in 1974, just before the building in the corner was demolished. Railroad Street, which originally ran either side of the footbridge was then relocated to the east of the original site. Railroad Street came into existence during the 1850s to improve access to the new railroad depot, built to accommodate the increased traffic though the borough after the arrival of the Hartford and Providence Railroad. The street took further shape after 1
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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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The Montgomery Hose Company The Montgomery Hose Company consisted mainly of Irish firemen. They built this hose house on Jackson Street in the 1880s, and it is pictured here just before it was demolished in 1974.
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Union BlockThe Union Block stood on lower Main Street, across from the entrance of Church Street. It was built in 1864 by Allen Lincoln, and demolished in 1974 during redevelopment. The block was considered to be one of the city's premier commercial buildings. The shops pictured are those of C. M. Palmer (boots and shoes), Freeman and Tracy (grocers) and J. B. Baldwin (hats and caps). The second floor of the building housed the offices of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
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Center St.Center Street, looking from Valley Street south towards Main Center Street was laid out in 1866 by Allen Lincoln. This location, along with Temple and Broad Streets, developed into a vibrant commercial, residential center of the city. The entire area was demolished in 1974.
Picture courtesy of Tom Riquier.
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22 Bank St.The 1888 City Directory says the location was used by the Maxwell Brothers Livery Stable. In 1899, Thomas Smith ,successor to the Smith Brothers, had an ad in the Directory promoting his business. It read, “Livery and Undertaker (Hearses and carriages furnished for funerals). By 1915 the building went back to being a simple livery stable run by Dana Morton. By 1930, the new ways had taken over and the location was used by Chauncey McFarlane Autos. In 1935 the site had become the “Club Paradise Restaurant and by 1944 it was vacant. By 1948 either a new or renovated building housed Roy Motors. Roy Motors stayed there until 1969 when the building went vacant again and by 1974, it was gone…..lost to the redevelopment plan.
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