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Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Danbury, in Fairfield County, is located in southwest Connecticut, on the Still River. It was named in 1687, incorporated in 1702, and chartered as a city in 1889. During the Revolutionary War, Danbury was a supply depot for the Continental army...
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"Danbury, a post-town and semi-capital of Fairfield county, Connecticut, on the Dan- bury and Norwalk railroad, 18 miles N. N. W. from Bridgeport. It is a pleasant borough, built principally on one street, more than a mile in length, and contains, besides the county buildings, 8 or 4 churches, 1 bank, 1 savings institution, and a printing office, at which a weekly newspaper is issued. The industry of the inhabitants is chiefly directed to the manufacture of hats. Still river, a branch of the Housatonic, passes through the town, and affords good water- power. Incorporated in 1696. In 1777 it was burned by the British, on which occasion General Wooster, the American commander, was killed. Population of the entire township, 6964."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.


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"The Danbury Fair was a yearly exhibition in Danbury, Connecticut. It was begun in 1821 as an agricultural fair, but did not have a regular schedule until 1869 when hat manufacturers Rundle and White helped form the... Read MORE...

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  • 1777 - Danbury, An important military depot for the American Revolutionary armies was burned and looted in April 1777 by the British under Major General William Tryon.
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  • 1819 - Danbury
    Danbury, the semi-seat of justice of the county, and a flourishing agricultural and manufacturing post township, is situated in the northwestern secti... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    DANBURY, a township, semi-capital of Fairfield co. in the state of Connecticut, 68 m. SW of Hartford. It is pleasantly diversified, and is intersected... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - FRIGHTFUL DISASTER. BREAKING OF DAM AT DANBURY, CONN. - HOUSES AND BRIDGES SWEPT AWAY - TEN OR TWELVE PERSONS DROWNED.
    Danbury, Conn., Monday, Feb. 1.

    The most terrible disaster that has ever occurred in Danbury happened last night, destroying a number of lives and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1878 - Many funny fancies have come from Danbury, Conn.
    At least one funny fact comes from the same town. A Danbury man hired his divorced wife to attend to his present wife's child. - N. Y. Herald. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 28, 1878
  • News  1880 - Hat-Making was first begun in Danbury, Conn., in 1780, the factory there employing three workmen and turning out three hats a day. There are now employed 1,800 persons, and they make 17,400 hats a day.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 6, 1880
  • News  1888 - On the 30th ult. the Tweedy Manufacturing Company's hat factory at Danbury, Conn., the largest in America, shut down for the first time in twenty years.
    Eleven hundred employes were thrown out of work. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    May 5, 1888
  • News  1890 - FIRE BUGS IN DANBURY. TWO BIG CONFLAGRATIONS STARTED IN ONE NIGHT.
    DANBURY, Conn., Dec. 21. - A fire bug got in some effective work here Saturday night and Sunday morning, kindling two extensive fires. The first destr... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - $150,000 BLAZE IN DANBURY.
    Fifteen Buildings Destroyed - Firemen, Hatter, and Woman Hurt.

    DANBURY, Conn., March 3. - The Fire Department battled for four hours this morning w... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - DANBURY'S FIRE. The Total Loss Inflicted Will Reach Fully $70,000.
    Danbury, Conn., April 23. - The fire yesterday afternoon which destroyed Mackinzie & Sons' and Devenport & Von Gals' hat factories and George Taylor's... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Danbury, dan'ber-e, a city, one of the capitals of Fair field co., Conn., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 60 miles N N E. of New York. It ... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - DANBURY BOY MAY LIVE AFTER CRASH
    Struck by Truck, While Riding Bicycle, Boy May Recover.

    DANBURY June 2 - (By Special Correspondent) - Chances for recovery of thirteen year old Joh... Read MORE...

  • 1965 - December 4 - 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Conn, 4 die
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