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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceTed's new taxi cab pictured on High Street, Willimantic in February, 1923.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceTed's children are pictured in his taxi, in the yard of his 100 High Street house. Note the hard rubber spare tire. Ted's children are pictured in his taxi, in the yard of his 100 High Street house. Note the hard rubber spare tire.
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Tinker Ted's Taxi ServiceThe Marrotte household at 100 High Street was demolished in 1949 because of building projects at the Willimantic State Teacher's College. Ted is pictured here laying a new drive in 1937. Note the old Willimantic Normal School in the background.
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Lyman Jordan's 1857 stone arch bridge Lyman Jordan's 1857 stone arch bridge pictured in 1900. It is being traversed by a horse and buggy, but the introduction trolley cars to Willimantic in 1903 instigated a movement to build a new highway bridge.
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Stone arch bridge in 1920A trolley car crosses the stone arch bridge in 1920, revealing the need for a new highway bridge - a bridge that would not be built until more than 60 years after the demise of the trolley cars.
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Bridge over the horseshoe bend of the Shetucket River This bridge over the horseshoe bend of the Shetucket River on Bricktop Road was replaced in 1987. Note its camelback steel truss construction, a popular design for highway bridges before World War One. Note the weight limitations on the sign to the right.
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Elks FairThis was the highlight of the Labor Day weekend in Willimantic for almost 40 years. It was last held in 1952.
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Willimantic Linen Company The Willimantic Linen Company was formed in 1854 and built its Mill One in 1857. Note the tunnel under the highway to give access to the transportation locomotive.
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Willimantic footbridgeThe famed Willimantic footbridge. Built in 1906 to connect the northern and southern sections of the city, this bridge is the only one in the eastern United States to cross a highway, railroad lines and a river.
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People Parade Back in the 80s, 3 artists created a painting of Main St. and the people who were often seen there, including many of the shopkeepers. It is hanging in the Town Hall lobby. Years ago, I took pictures of the mural, divided them up into 9 sections and put a number near each person, hoping to be able to identify as many as possible. I couldn't get as close as I wanted to the original picture because there was a big framed poster in front of it. But if there is enough interest, I'll go back and take more pics in a higher resolution.This is the 3rd of 9 pictures. Recognize anybody?
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Windham Inn - 1910 Bill Kotrba sent us this photo. He says, "It is a very unusual view picturing route 14 heading in an easterly direction. I have only seen 2 examples of this card in the past. Please note, the Windham Inn has a wrap around porch, and the grade in front of the post office is much higher than it is today. Between 1958 and 1962, our music professor, Elizabeth Fields from Willimantic State Teacher's College, lived in the third building on the left."
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High and ValleyPaul Ashton identified this as, "the intersection of Valley and High with the steeple of the First Congregational church in the background (the one that blew down in the 1938 hurricane). It must have been shot from the Normal School building." To the left of the Congregational Church's steeple, one can make out one of St. Mary's steeples (they were modified in about 1958) and, to the left of that, very faintly, St. Joseph's pre-hurricane steeple.
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This photograph of Lincoln Square was taken in 1905. The J.C. Lincoln building was Willimantic's own triangle building, and made the junction with Union and Main. Also, the central portion of buildings, facing Union and Lower Main, and extending towards Jackson Street and the mills, contained many businesses. The Lincoln Square area was referred to in the 19th century as 'downtown', and was a favoured location for the new town hall, eventually built in 1896 in its current location. The town couldn't obtain the Lincoln Square property as prices were too high, and instead the city fathers went 'uptown' to the junction of Main and Bridge, and much to the chagrin of many built the new town hall there. So Lincoln Square may have been saved if the town hall had replaced the Lincoln Block 'triangle building'.
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305 Prospect St.1938 hurrican damage at 305 Prospect St. (across from what was, at that time, Windham High School)
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The Ridges - RT 32 at Willimantic-Mansfield linePic of the Week - February 7, 2013 Thank you to Ed Breen of Columbia who wrote:
"That picture brought great memories for me. The picture is the old trolley waiting area that was located in "The Ridges" area of Mansfield on the corner of Route 32 and Old Kent Road. The dead end street in the background is Old Kent Road. In 1945 I graduated from the three room Ridges School that was located at the very end of Old Kent Road. The trolley, that had run from Coventry Lake to Norwich, had long disappeared, but all the kids in that area would gather at the waiting area for the school bus to Windham High School.
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