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Nathan Hale Monument
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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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Pic of the Week December 29, 2016For over sixty years, the Willimantic Fire Department has decorated the front of its headquarters for Christmas and New Years. The “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” signs were created in the basement of the old Bank Street Headquarters in 1953. Firefighters Dick Garneau, Milton Shippee and Joseph Whalen are shown putting the final touches on the sign.
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The Johnson House The sign says "Hotel Johnson" but it started out as the rebuilt Potter’s Tavern (known as “The Tremont”). It later became known as Young’s Hotel and then as the Johnson House. It was gutted by fire in 1915. The old Nathan Hale Hotel was built on this site.
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The Nathan Hale birthplace in Coventry. Captain Hale was hung by the British as a spy in the Revolutionary War, and is famed for saying that he regretted having only one life to give for his country.
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Thread City GarageThe Thread City Garage was located off Main St. in back of where the present day Nathan Hale Hotel stands. Parts of the brick walls are standing today and can be seen to the left of the present day firehouse. A spectacular fire in 1915 ruined that garage as well as the Natchaug Garage and the Johnson House Hotel. The Thread City Garage rebuilt and remained in business until sometime in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Armand Biron.
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Youngs Hotel, Nathan Hale HotelThis photograph was taken between 1892 and 1894. It depicts the north side of main Street, looking west. The main building visible is Youngs Hotel. Young's later became known as The Johnson House Hotel. This was demolished in 1925 to make way for the Nathan Hale Hotel. Also note that there is no Post Office building (1911) or town hall (1896). But the building that houses the former Victorian Lady Restaurant can be seen (1892).
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Johnson HotelIt was built in 1854 and demolished in 1925. (Before the Johnson House, Young's Tavern was at this location. It was razed by fire.) After the demolition of the Johnson House, the Nathan Hale Hotel was then built on that site. What will become of the site now one must wonder.
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Main St. - app. 1894This photograph was taken between 1892 and 1894. It depicts the north side of main Street, looking west. The main building visible is Youngs Hotel. This was demolished in 1925 to make way for the Nathan Hale Hotel. Also note that there is no Post Office building (1911) or town hall (1896). But the building that houses the Victorian Lady Restaurant can be seen (1892).
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Willimantic's Greatest Needthis group of men had been selling shares in what was to become the “Community Hotel Corporation” which was the holding company for the Nathan Hale Hotel. The corporation papers were filed in March, 1925. At the time of corporation, it had an authorized capital of $250,000 and began business with $200,000. The incorporators were William P. Jordan, James R. Fullerton, James P. Bath and George S. Elliot of Willimantic and Louis Kingsbury of Coventry.
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Bay State PharmacyThe Bay State Pharmacy originally opened in the Loomer Opera House. It then moved to the new Nathan Hale Hotel (where this photo was taken). In 1967, the pharmacy closed and was replaced by a cocktail lounge.
 
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