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Windham Center Green, 1911It all began here in the 1690s. This is Windham Center Green, pictured in 1911. The building visible at the far side of the green was built in 1839 for the Windham Bank. The organization relocated to the growing borough of Willimantic in 1872, and since then the building has been the home of the Windham Free Library. Also located on the green is a Sheriff's lock-up from the early 18th century -- along with some magnificent houses built before the Revolutionary War. This charming village also served as the summer home of Julian Alden Weir, the famed American impressionist artist.
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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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Wooden covered bridgeSouth Windham's historic wooden covered bridge was replaced in 1910 to accommodate growing automobile traffic.
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South Windham's covered bridgeThe entrance to South Windham's covered bridge, photographed a century ago.
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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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Windham Manufacturing Company
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Governor Cross at WCMHMay 11, 1932. Governor Wilbur Lucius Cross speaks at the dedication of the new Windham Community Memorial Hospital. In 1929, it was decided that St. Joseph's Hospital on Jackson needed much more space than was available. Cooperation between St. Joseph's hospital board and local businesses and benefactors led to the planning and building of the new hospital.
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1888Here's a great picture of Church St. during the blizzard of 1888. Picture courtesy of the Windham Historical Society.
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Bridge Street Jordan's 1869 stone arch bridge with the former Quidnick-Windham mill in the background.
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Purinton Temple - The Pythian Sisters Auxiliary of the Knights of PythiasOrganizers of the 1910 July 4th celebration wanted the daylong celebration to surpass “anything of the kind ever before put on in Windham County”. The day began with the ringing of church bells at 4:30 A.M. and the “firing of a salute”.
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We are fairly sure that the photos in this Gallery are all from the Willimantic/Windham area. If you can help us identify any of the locations, structures or people, please let me know. (E:MAIL -
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Windham Inn - 1910 Bill Kotrba sent us this photo. He says, "It is a very unusual view picturing route 14 heading in an easterly direction. I have only seen 2 examples of this card in the past. Please note, the Windham Inn has a wrap around porch, and the grade in front of the post office is much higher than it is today. Between 1958 and 1962, our music professor, Elizabeth Fields from Willimantic State Teacher's College, lived in the third building on the left."
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D.P. Dunn Business EnvelopeDaniel "Danny" Dunn was a news dealer,and a cigar and tobacco merchant He was a member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Windham, 1903-04, 1907-12 and; mayor of Willimantic, 1911-1917.
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Windham Manufacturing CompanyThe Windham Manufacturing Company's Willimantic mills are seen here in 1907. This Company was organized in 1824, and became one of America's largest producers of "duck cloth" used extensively in sailing ship sails. The mills closed for cotton cloth production in 1928, but were home for several industries until their demolition in 1974.
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Bousa's wreckerBousa's wrecker attempts to pull the Susco truck out of the cesspool. For a long time (up to the early 50s) Bousa's was on RT 6 headed to North Windham. In 1956 it moved to Main St. after Bousa purchased the Tambornini property (an old tavern). (photo courtesy of Stan)
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