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Hosmer Mountain Reservoir The Hosmer Mountain Reservoir was an integral part of the city's water works. It is pictured here six years after completion in 1894, and provides a fascinating view of Willimantic before the forest reclaimed the hill.
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1908 view of Hosmer MountainNick K says," the street in the front is Bridge Street (easily recognizable by the houses and natural landscape) . Hosmer Mountain dominates the background. Bridge Street eventually runs into Pleasant Street. The curved road in the distance leading to the hill is part of Mountain Street." Or, as Paul Ashton questions, "upI don't know when the Hosmer reservoir was built but you can see the road cut up the side of the mountain. I wonder if it was for the reservoir or the mica mine or both at that time. "
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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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Windham Rd. Ext./Bates Rd. over the Natchaug, just up from where it goes into the reservoir. (Photo i.d. by Annie Clark)Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at
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Willimantic Cotton Mfg. Co.The Willimantic Cotton Manufacturing Company was established in 1814, one of the first in Connecticut. "Eagleville Lake was created as a reservoir for the mill's water power. When the Eagle Manufacturing Company took charge in 1822, the village became Eagleville. Rifle parts were made during the Civil War, then the mill returned to cotton production under several changes in ownership. When the textile business failed in 1931 during the Depression, inner-soles for shoes were made at the mill until it was abandoned in 1953 and then burned in 1956." Information from passim. Another picture is available on that site.
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