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Mourning the CityOn May 31, 1983, the evening before Willimantic (as a city) ceased to exist, mourners held a wake and processed up Main St. The consolidation culminated a 30 year effort to unite city and town and ended Willimantic's 150 year history as a separate political entity.
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Willimantic Depot 1929This beautiful photo of the Willimantic Station is from the TylerCityStation collection. The building with carts in front of it has a sign that says, "Baggage". Much more RR history can be found at www.tylercitystation.info . ( Photo used with permission of TylerCityStation Collection).
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Latham's Market - North WindhamPic of the Week - September 6, 2012
"Eindham History Buff" told us that, "Latham's super market stood on the corner of old RT6 and Bassetts Bridge Rd. It extended out over the bank, and was supported by abutments. Evidece of these still exist.If you travel back up old rte.6 towards RT6 you will find the old foundation of the Rocky Spring Soda Co. ,with a huge pile of old broken soda bottles littering the bank."
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Bridge Street CrossingThis photo was taken in 1955 by photographer Charles Palmer, whose parents are in the shot, wearing coats. They are on the concrete island that "replaced" the station. The gallows signal is visible. Much more RR history can be found at www.tylercitystation.info . (Charles Palmer photo, Bob LaMay Collection - Photo used with permission of TylerCityStation Collection).
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Willimantic Water Works 1936 construction of the treatment facility (the dam had been built many years before). The 1889 History of Windham County, Connecticut by Richard M. Bayles says, “Yet another fine drive, but somewhat longer, is the one north through Mansfield street to the Storrs agricultural school. On this route is passed the Willimantic Water Works pumping station. The Natchaug river is dammed at this point, forming a beautiful lake, with grounds laid out very tastily as a small park.
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Willimantic Water WorksThat same work gives a fairly comprehensive history of the Water Works, including this piece, "A dam and pumping station, and engineer's house were erected at Conantville, about one and a half miles north of the village, on the Natchaug, and a reservoir was built on Hosmer mountain, south of the village."
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Jordan Hardware fireOn the morning of November 23, 1916, the Tilden-Jordan Block was completely ruined by fire. In what was, up to that time, the worst fire in the history of the city in terms of financial loss, the Jordans said their loss would be well over $150,000.
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Windham Textile and History Museum The Windham Textile and History Museum located at 157 Union/Main Street, has occupied the Willimantic Linen Company's 1877 company store since it was founded in 1985 by Laura Knott Twine.
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One of the most memorable fires in the city's history ws the St. Valentine's Day fire of 1968. Here, Willimantic firefighters fight the blaze from the Church St. side of the involved buildings. In the below zero temperatures, water froze quickly and created treacherous conditions. The fire, which began about 1:40 A.M. was not declared under control until evening.
     
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