Rutland is a city in and the shire town (county seat) of Rutland County, Vermont, United States. Rutland is located approximately 65 miles (105 km) north of Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) east of New York state. Rutland is the third largest city in Vermont. It is surrounded by the town of Rutland, which is a separate municipality.
It began on Otter Creek in the early 19th century as a small hamlet called Mill Village in Rutland, the surrounding town named by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 after John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland. In the early 19th century, small high-quality marble deposits were discovered in Rutland, and in the 1830s a large deposit of nearly solid marble was found in what is now West Rutland. By the 1840s, small firms had begun excavations, but marble quarries proved profitable only after the railroad arrived in 1851. At the same time, the famous quarries of Carrara in Tuscany, Italy, grew largely unworkable because of their extreme depth, allowing Rutland to become one of the world's leading marble producers.
This fueled enough growth and investment that in 1886 the center of town incorporated as Rutland village. Most of the town was split off as West Rutland and Proctor, which contained the bulk of the marble quarries. Rutland City was incorporated as Vermont's third city on November 18, 1892.Wikipedia
1849 Rutland Rutland Co. This is a shire town. The principal stream in Rutland is Otter Creek, which enters the town about the middle of the south line, and leaves it about the middle of the north line, cutting it into two nearly equal parallelograms. Tributary to this are West River, rising in Tinmouth, and...Read MORE...
1869 - A daughter of Sheriff Lyman Powers, of Rutland, Vt, has been insane ever since the accidental death, some weeks ago, of a railroad conductor named Cook, who was to have been her husband in a few days.
St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan June 12, 1869 Added: 4/29/2014 9:17:11 AM - 1 Updated: 6/23/2014 12:37:26 PM - 1
1875 - OPERA HOUSE FIRE. Whitehall, N. Y., May 15. - A fire at Rutland, Vt., this morning, burned the Ripley's Opera House, the stores of MUNN & COMPTON, STANLEY & Co., and others.
Loss of $75,000; partly insured. Logansport Star Logansport, Indiana May 17, 1875 Added: 3/4/2014 8:21:14 AM - 1 Updated: 6/23/2014 12:38:02 PM - 1
1878 - Dr. Pond, of Rutland, Vt., has invented a delicate machine, which applied to the wrist, records in lines the movements of the pulse. The instrument is called the "Sphygmograph."
St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan April 6, 1878 Added: 4/29/2014 9:10:36 AM - 1 Updated: 6/23/2014 12:38:28 PM - 1
1885 - Rev T. L. Drury, of Rutland, Vt, a few weeks since preached a sermon on skating rinks and masquerades. He said the skating rinks met with his approval as long as they did not interfere with the church and duties of Christians to attend divine worship. As long as skating rinks remain pure and moral, so long he should stand up for them. - Mirror of American Sports. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan February 21, 1885 Added: 4/29/2014 9:12:48 AM - 1 Updated: 6/23/2014 12:38:51 PM - 1
1893 - SEVEN KILLED AND MANY INJURED. A DISASTROUS AND FATAL QUARRY ACCIDENT AT WEST RUTLAND. RUTLAND, Vt., Feb. 11. - One of the worst disasters in the history of marble quarrying occurred at West Rutland a little after 1 o'clock this afternoon in a quarry operated by the Vermont Marble Company, with which Senator Proctor is connected. A great mass or stone fell into the quarry, and seven...Read MORE...
1894 - June 17 - 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
historyorb.com June 17, 1894 Added: 3/21/2014 5:27:43 PM - 1 Updated: 6/18/2014 11:23:46 AM - 1
1895 - Flood NEW ENGLAND FLOODS. Great Damage to Railroads by the Surging Rivers. TOWNS PARTIALLY SUBMERGED.
ST. ALBANS, Vt., April 16. - The Winooski river is higher than it has been for twenty five years. The country for miles around is one vast sheet of water, many farms being partially of wholly...Read MORE...
1900 - RUTLAND RAILROAD TRAINS COLLIDE. Freight Wreck on Rutland Railroad. Owing to a mix-up in train orders two freight trains collided near Gassetts on the Rutland railroad about noon Saturday. No one was injured, but the front ends of both engines were smashed in and three box cars were demolished. It was reported that one of the train crews had orders to meet the...Read MORE...
1906 Rutland, a township (town) of Rutland co., Vt. Pop. in 1900, 1109. Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe
Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906 Added: 11/9/2014 10:47:06 AM - 1 Updated: -
1906 - NEARLY A MILLION Fire at Rutland Vermont, Destroys Six Blocks. Rutland, Vt., Feb. 19. - Six large brick blocks in the business section of the city, occupied by nearly a score of firms and many smaller tenants were destroyed by fire: Loss $750,000.
The fire got beyond the control of the local department, and help was summoned from Whitehall, N. Y. and other...Read MORE...
1927 - Flood ...Some 200 families were reported homeless at Rutland [Vermont]. Many had been forced to use boats to escape... The Oelwein Daily Register Iowa November 4, 1927 Added: 3/4/2014 8:30:29 AM - 1 Updated: 6/23/2014 12:41:02 PM - 1
1952 - First woman to win Olympic gold medals in skiing was Andrea Mead, of Rutland, in 1952.
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