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Lyman Jordan's 1857 bridgeLyman Jordan's 1857 bridge, soon to become a decorative walkway and part of the Windham Mills State Park, is pictured in 1906 looking west.
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1869 stone arch bridgeJordan's magnificent 1869 stone arch bridge still carries Bridge Street over the Willimantic River. The view is looking west, and the mills in the distance belong to the Windham Manufacturing Company. The photograph was taken in 1891.
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Lyman Jordan's 1869 Bridge Street Bridge The largest stone arch bridge in Connecticut (1869-1908), Lyman Jordan's 1869 Bridge Street Bridge is pictured looking east down the Willimantic River in 1908.
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Main Street looking west and the H.C. Murray buildingWe are grateful to the copyright owner, "The Chronicle", for permission to use the above images and story from the May, 1992 anniversary edition of "The Chronicle". Further reproduction without permission is prohibited.
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ContactAs of August 20, 2017, threadcity.com will be undergoing some changes. Some sections such as the Forum, will be unavailable. Our “rearranging process” may take several months. In the meantime, if you wish to contact us, please use the following e-mail address “ threadcity@outlook.com.
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The Thread City The Thread City. Look at this photograph carefully. It is the frontispiece to the H. W. Rich's Thread City publication. But is this actually Willimantic? If so, where was the photograph taken? Also, can anyone name the buildings? We suspect that this is the photograph of another town, and that somewhere there is a book that boasts a picture of Willimantic.
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VFW ParadeWe are still looking for information about this parade. The back of the picture says simply, "VFW Parade".
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Vermont Drive looking West.This was the Pic of the Week for 10 June, 2011. The brick buildings are on Vermont Drive. Arnold's Lane, Winter St and Wilson St. are in the picture. Beyond that, there is very little growth. Paul Ashton adds, "I magnified the picture and you can make out the monuments among the trees in the upper right hand corner. The "old" Willimantic Cemetery (across from Stop and Shop)".
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Willimantic - Summer, 1963 -Union St. Looking East from Jackson St.See a note about the two Summer '63 galleries in our Forum. We'd like to hear what you think and would like to hear from anyone with more information. (photo courtesy of Willimantic Public Library)
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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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Natchaug Street area during the Flood of 1938This photo was taken looking eastward from the railroad tracks. The building on the left with the tall smokestack is the Willimantic Wet Wash Laundry on Natchaug Street.
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Valley Street (looking west from Church St.)The first building (partially visible) on the left was the Chaffee Mfg. Company which made braid. By 1950, Mayor Bergeron’s tin shop was there along with a liquor store. The next building was the Windham Silk Mill. By the 50s, it was William Brand. Then, on the corner of North and Valley, was the Washburn Block. Beyond the Washburn block, is a group of buildings housing the Willimantic Welfare Bureau (later home to Watson’s Movers), the Women’s Christian temperance Union, the Park Central Hotel, and Carpenter’s auto radiator repair. Just about visible to the left of the tree is the Turner Silk Mill, later the Trade School. June 6, 2013 Pic of the Week
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The "new" Armory Pleasant Street looking East. Photo courtesy of Windham Historical Society.
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Walden's BlockThe Walden Block appears to be the block from 770-776 Main St. The Pic of the Week shows the occupants to be Flint's Drugstore, the Post Office and Stationery/Book Store. In 1890 there were 2 booksellers in Willimantic. One was Charles Utley (at the corner of Main and Church). The other was Sweeney and Dunn in the building pictured this week. In 1890, the address was 170 Main. Sweeney and Dunn advertised their business as the "Willimantic News Depot". They also had a business at 119 Main St. which was called the Brainard House Block. In later years, it looks like the building's right side front was remodeled and a second story added. By 1900, the stationery store was Wm.J. Sweeney and, by the 1950s, Wm J. Sweeney and Son.
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Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), prepares to leave Willimantic on June 24, 1916. They had been called to duty for the Mexican American Border War. President Wilson activated National Guard troops to reinforce garrisons along the border. On the morning of June 24th the Willimantic Fire Bell gave a "two hours 'til assembly" alert. People gathered at the Pleasant Street Armory. With all church bells ringing, government leaders, the police force and Wheeler's American Band escorted the troops to the train station. Note the troops and their gear. What we found really interesting about the pic is the fact that you can see the expressions on so many faces. Look toward the lower middle of the photo, for example, and notice the soldier shaking hands with another man. Then just below and to the left of that (near the train) is a couple talking to a soldier while a girl looks on...perhaps his parents and sister. Our soldiers from Willimantic were in Nogales for only a short period of time. Company L apparently didn't see any fighting but several soldiers sent letters back home complaining about the conditions they had to live in. Company L returned to Willi before the year's end and their return was a celebrated as their departure with the ringing of church bells, the fire bell, parades and, of course, speeches. They were mustered out of Federal service on October 24, 1916.
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ScotlandPic of the Week - January 15, 2010The picture is of the Scotland, CT town green. The camera is facing East. I apologize for being a bit inaccurate in saying that the Green hasn't changed much in a hundred years. The large building in the almost center of the picture is no longer there. I actually had to look at the picture several times before realizing that something didn't seem to agree with the present makeup of the Green.
Clay and I appreciate all comments about any of our Pics of the Week. This week, I thought it was interesting that possibilities included Columbia and Hampton. So many town Greens are basically the same - with a church and/or other meeting house, a Town Hall and some public building (such as a hotel) for housing. I've included the following excerpt from "www.towngreens.com".

"The Green and its streetscape accurately reflect the development of Scotland since it was established, including the contemporary St. Margaret's Church sited next to the staid Congregational Church and Chapel. This is one of the charms of the town center, as is the c. 1920 bungalow tucked between the town hall and dwelling built during the Colonial period. However, the green can only support a certain amount of change before it loses its character. This is already happening due to some unsympathetic remodeling/conversions. There is also a large empty lot facing the green where a hotel once stood that will some day be developed.
In addition, there is some local concern that the Department of Transportation has plans to modify the sight lines in order to improve traffic safety which could adversely affect the green.

Most likely a town center began to develop when Scotland was allowed to build a pound for its livestock and a school for the children. It was not until 1727 when perhaps as many as 80 families were living in the area that Scotland was granted winter privileges. Finally, in 1732, a separate ecclesiastical society was established and according to Bayles, the place for the meetinghouse was established on a knoll on the east side of Merricks Brook and the south side of the road from Windham to Canterbury. Nathanial Huntington deeded .25 acre to the Society and in November 1733 the first meeting was held in the meetinghouse that was constructed on the present Scotland green.
In 1772, a new meetinghouse was built on the site of the present Congregational Church (1842) and the original meetinghouse was removed from the green. Concern was voiced in 1774 that the school house, so close to the meetinghouse, could endanger it should there be a fire. As a result, the school house was moved a suitable distance away.... The Scotland Green was established as a site for the meetinghouse when the Ecclesiastical Society was created in 1732. It was then and is now the heart of the community around which the important civic, religious and commercial buildings have always been located."
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