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Congregational ChurchThe Willimantic's First Congregational Church was built in 1869/70, thanks to the generous donation of land and funds from the borough's wealthiest Congregationalists. It lost its fine spire in the 1938 hurricane.
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1938 hurricane
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St. Joseph's Catholic Church1938 Hurricane Photos. St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Willimantic. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.
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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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St. Joseph’s Church Several stunned onlookers cannot believe the damage caused by the September 1938 hurricane. St. Joseph’s Church was built in 1874 for the city’s growing Irish population. It took 50 years for the destroyed church steeple to be replaced
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305 Prospect St.
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Bill Orange's House1938 hurricane damage to the house of Bill Orange. It was located on the southwest corner of Prospect and Walnut Sts.
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Old Route 32 in South WindhamRetired Willimantic Fire Captain Joseph “Al” Beaulieu provided this information on last week’s picture. “The brick building on the left of the photo is the present gray vinyl covered building on the northeast corner of 32 and 203. The second and third buildings on the picture’s left are gone. RT 32 then curves right (at the small house almost in the middle of the picture). That is today’s Old Windham Road and is the original RT 32. That small house is the one just before the gas station. The big tree in the center of the picture is still there and is showing the effects of the ’38 hurricane. “Al” pointed out that you can still see the same branch configuration. A few years later, the present day 32 as we know it was constructed. Pic of the Week February 27, 2014
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St. Joseph's Church
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St. Joseph's Church
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The 1870 Congregational Church on Valley Street pictured with its ivy laden east wall. The ivy had to be removed as it was destroying the brickwork. Note the small spire, replaced after the 1938 hurricane destroyed the original spire.
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First Congregational ChurchCorner of Walnut and Vallet Streets
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Telegraph Shanty1938 Hurricane Photo's Telegraph Shanty. R.R. Crossing Bridge St. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.
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The 1876 St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church without its spire, destroyed in the 1938 hurricane.
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Packard car dealership The Packard car dealership building lost its top story in the 1938 hurricane. One story still survives, though greatly remodeled.
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First Congregational ChurchThe two dramatic pictures on the left show the Willimantic Congregational Church's steeple toppling during the 1938 hurricane. It had stood since 1870. The picture on the right shows the aftermath
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