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Hotel HookerThe Hotel Hooker was built by Chauncey Simeon Hooker in the 1880s, and was considered to be the finest hotel and hostelry between Hartford and Providence. It boasted a fine restaurant and pool rooms. It benefited greatly from the city's increased railroad traffic. Note the passenger transportation stood on Bank Street, ready to take guests to the railroad station.
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Willimantic's Finest Willimantic's Finest are pictured here in this 1892 photograph, posing outside the old police station on the west side of Church street. The building in the rear was built by the Natchaug Silk Company in 1889, and fronted onto North Street. The police station was removed to the town hall in 1894, but this structure continued to be used as a lock up when the cells at the town hall were full.
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The Nathan Hale Hotel was built in 1925, and was one of the finest hotels in eastern Connecticut. It lost its popularity after World War Two because of the advent of motor hotels, and the lack of parking spaces downtown.
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1928 Memorial Day ParadeOne of the finest floats in every Memorial Day Parade was the one entered by the American Thread Company. It is shown here passing the old Hurley Block in 1928, and is pictured from the roof of the Commercial Block, which was destroyed by fire in 1968. The four businesses in the Hurley Block are the Hurley Grant Company, Martin's photographers, the Rex Restaurant and Rogers Pharmacy.
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Union Railroad DepotWillimantic's Union Railroad Depot, pictured here in 1898, was built in 1882. It replaced the original 1849 station built by the New London and Northern Railroad. Note the water container, the New England RR car, the gas light and the Hooker Hotel cab waiting to take passengers to Willimantic's finest hostelry. The Union Station was demolished in 1955. Note the similarity in design to the extant station at Stafford Springs.
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Post officeThe Willimantic post office is pictured here, shortly after its construction in 1910. This attractive building, constructed from Indiana limestone, now houses the Willimantic Brewery Company and restaurant -- probably one of the finest pubs between Boston and New York.
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Four members of "Mattie and the Lads" OrchestraLeo Dion, Ozzie Beller, Ray “Sy” Sypher and Ralph Williams were members of the popular Mattie Mattison Orchestra (also known as Mattie and the Lads). They practiced at the “Al-Pierre Tabarin” on Valley Street and played there on Friday nights. By the late 30s, the “Al-Pierre” was considered to be one of the finest dance halls in Eastern Connecticut. Pic of the Week March 27, 2014
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Loomer Opera House The Loomer Block dominated Main St. for several decades. The Loomer Opera House was considered to be the finest theater between Hartford and Providence. It seated 1,200 people in lush surroundings. Many famous vaudeville acts played there, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Lumber magnate Silas Loomer built it in 1879. Movies were shown there in the 1920s, but it could not compete with the Capitol Cinema. The Opera House was demolished in 1940 and replaced by a new Woolworth's store.The block also housed several other businesses including a pharmacy and a pool hall.
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