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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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Southwest view WillimanticThis is a circa 1837 drawing by John Warner Barber of the southwest view Willimantic. The Windham Manufacturing Company's cotton mills can be seen on the left. This wooden bridge over the Willimantic River was constantly being damaged by floods, and was eventually replaced by the largest stone arch bridge in Connecticut, built by Lyman Jordan in 1869
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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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Willimantic River
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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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Clubhouse of the Nipnet Canoe ClubPic of the Week - January 31, 2013. Nipnet Canoe Club. The clubhouse was built on the south side of the Willimantic River about a quarter mile from the Quidnick-Windham Mfg. Company’s dam and was later doubled in size. It was destroyed by fire in the early 1930s. The club was active in Willimantic, especially in the early 1920s.
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PaintersThe day also included several other athletic events, an afternoon band concert, an evening water carnival on the banks of the river, a second band concert in the evening and a fireworks display.
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Steps at The Willimantic Camp Meeting AssociationThis photo shows what was known as “The Stone Steps”. They led to the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s grounds. We are told that the stairs are still there and that the little wooded area they led to was called "The Trysting Place", a park where young lovers could walk and talk.
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Schoolchildren at the July 4, 1910 Celebration.This picture shows the approximately 500 schoolchildren who sang “patriotic airs” at Windham Field as part of the July 4th, 1910 celebration. It was a day long celebration that began at 4 A.M. with “the firing of a salute” and lasted until late evening. The day closed with fireworks at Windham Field and an “aquatic display” on the Willimantic River. Pic of the Week July 3, 2014
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Willimantic Fair - Balloon AscensionPreparations are being made for a balloon ascension and parachute jump that occurred during the Willimantic Fair of September, 1910. On three different days, aeronaut Vincent Morris made the ascension and jump. On thr third day’s jump, he gave the crowd a scare as the parachute almost landed in the Willimantic River. Pic of the Week November 14, 2013
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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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"The River Path"This was known as “River Path” or “River Walk”. It was authorized by the Court of Burgesses in July 1880 and was to be a walkway from Main Street to the New London Northern railway bridge and from there to Pleasant Street. It connected to a “flight of steps from the river bank to Pleasant Street” constructed by A.R. Morrison in 1879. According to newspaper reports, it was “well patronized and appreciated by parties living in that vicinity”. It was later replaced by the footbridge.
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The Willimantic River, looking west from the footbridge.
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Hand Drawn Map of WillimanticHand drawn map of Willimantic. We think it was done just before 1830 as the city was trying to determine the location of another bridge across the Willimantic River. If you have any information, please let us know via the Forum or e-mail "pete@threadcity.com".
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Spellman's Market Delivery WagonHere is the delivery wagon of Spellman’s North Street Market. It is parked in front of Young’s Hotel. Young’s later became the Johnson House which was gutted by a fire in 1915. The fire had started in the Natchaug Garage in back of the hotel and then spread to the hotel and the Thread City Garage, seen in back of the wagon’s driver.
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