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The "new" Armory Pleasant Street looking East. Photo courtesy of Windham Historical Society.
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The ArmoryPhoto courtesy of Windham Historical Society.
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Dedication of the new Willimantic ArmoryThis photo was taken prior to the January 31, 1913 dedication of the new State Armory on Pleasant Street. Gathered together are the members of the dedication committee. Captain Elmer Carpenter, commander of Company “L”, First Infantry, CTARNG, is flanked by Willimantic Mayor Danny Dunn (left) and Attorney William Arnold. Standing in back are businessman John F. Carr and Windham County High Sheriff Charles Gates.
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The Connecticut State Armory on Pleasant Street, built in 1912.
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Memorial Day, 1911 - first formations of the paradeCompany “L” of the Connecticut National Guard (first group of marchers in the photo) had marched from their Valley Street Armory down to Broad Street. At Broad Street they were joined by the Garde Florimond (second group of marchers) and the Tierney Cadets. They marched down Broad Street to Main and then up Main Street to the Town Hall. There, they were joined by twelve more groups. The parade proceeded to the Willimantic Cemetery where the graves of the veterans were decorated.
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Community Reunion Week ParadeOn June 17, 1930, a parade was one of many events that celebrated “Community Reunion Week” over a four day period. Eight bands, twenty floats and just about every community organization participated. Following the parade, huge community entertainment venues were set up at the Elks Park and the State Armory. Pic of the Week June 26, 2014
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Valley Street - looking west from Pearl Street -Pic of the Week February 5, 2015The building on the left was built in 1897 as Willimantic’s second armory. Later it became a dance hall and then home of Watson’s Movers. The next three buildings housed McCarthy Brothers Plumbing and Heating, then the Park Central Hotel, and J.B. Carpenter Plumbing. The Trade School can be seen on the far right.
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The 1920 Willimantic Auto ShowThis was one of the exhibits at Willimantic’s first Auto Show, which was held in February, 1920 at the Pleasant Street Armory. Twenty local businesses had spaces there and exhibited automobiles, cycles and a huge range of accessories. The show itself was, as the “Willimantic Daily Chronicle” said, “an elaborate affair” and included military marches, local singers and orchestras. The Leonard Brothers Garage provided the three Reo automobiles in the picture; a touring car, a sedan and a roadster. Pic of the Week August 21 , 2014
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Interior of Armory - the Drill Shed
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Center Street armory The Center Street armory is pictured here during the early 1950s. This building housed a state armory, a silk mill, boys clubs, town offices, a dance hall and finally the French Canadian Club. It was demolished in 1972.
Picture courtesy of Tom Riquier
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