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Willimantic footbridgeThe Willimantic footbridge can be seen from the Willimantic's Union Railroad Station in 1910.
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Union Station, Willimantic
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Railroad Station, Willimantic
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Hotel HookerThe Hotel Hooker was built by Chauncey Simeon Hooker in the 1880s, and was considered to be the finest hotel and hostelry between Hartford and Providence. It boasted a fine restaurant and pool rooms. It benefited greatly from the city's increased railroad traffic. Note the passenger transportation stood on Bank Street, ready to take guests to the railroad station.
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Union StationThe Union Station, Willimantic, pictured in 1910. Willimantic was also widely known as the central rail hub of New England. All trains passed through here! During the 1890s, Willimantic became the only stop on the famed New England Air Line express between New York City and Boston -- a journey undertaken in just over four hours. Rudyard Kipling mentioned Willimantic in a poem. He often passed through the city en route from New York to Boston. This poem has been set to music by Connecticut's State Troubador, Sally Rogers on her CD, "Songs of the Heritage Corridor."
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Willimantic's Finest Willimantic's Finest are pictured here in this 1892 photograph, posing outside the old police station on the west side of Church street. The building in the rear was built by the Natchaug Silk Company in 1889, and fronted onto North Street. The police station was removed to the town hall in 1894, but this structure continued to be used as a lock up when the cells at the town hall were full.
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The beginning......Redevelopment officially began at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 9, 1973. It began at Lincoln
Square and proceeded East. The first building to be razed was the gas station that sat at
the junction of Union and Main. Four other buildings were razed in that first three week
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Company "E" leaves Willimantic for the Spanish-American War - 1898Captain Flynn and the 110 men of Company E prepare to depart Willimantic for Niantic, the first stop on their way to the Spanish-American War. The Thread Co. and most businesses shut down and the entire city was decorated with flags for the occasion. Almost every society, club and government body participated in a parade to Union Station. From there, the Company went for further training at Fort Meade. They remained at Fort Meade for the duration of the War and returned to Willimantic in March, 1899.
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Willimantic Water Works Pumping Station The Willimantic Water Works Pumping Station is located just across the border in the town of Mansfield, Connecticut. It was built in 1888, and is still used to pump drinking water to area residents.
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Willimantic Railroad DepotThe Willimantic Railroad Depot building was also known as the Union station. It appears here in H. W. Rich's 1894 photograph. It was demolished shortly after the flood of 1955.
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Shell ChateauThe Shell Chateau was built in 1936 and was named after a nearby gas station. It was completely destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of July 14, 1979.
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Sherman's Corner - Chaplin, CTPic of the Week - November 1, 2012. Chaplin First selectman Bill Rose was among the people who identified last week’s photo as “Sherman’s Corner” in Chaplin. Bill wrote, “In the era pictured it was a gas station, bus stop, bar and grill and the local hot spot for night time entertainment. Today it is the home of the Bach Dor Cafe.
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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 . ( Photo used with permission of TylerCityStation Collection).
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Company "L" Company "L" marches to the train station prior to leaving for the Mexical Border.
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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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Willimantic DepotThis depot was actually the second depot built at Willimantic. The first was between the tracks and became quite unsafe. Read more about this and see a picture of the first depot under the title "Willimantic 1" at the following link :
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