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Rutland, Vermont, USA

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Where is Rutland, Vermont, USA? 

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

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Rutland, Vermont, USA - Vermont Marble Quarry, West Rutland
Rutland, Vermont, USA

Vermont Marble Quarry, West Rutland
Rutland, Vermont, USA - Merchants Row Looking North from Washington Street, Rutland, Vt.
Rutland, Vermont, USA

Merchants Row Looking North from Washington Street, Rutland, Vt.
Rutland, Vermont, USA - Merchants Row, Looking North from Depot Park, Rutland, Vermont
Rutland, Vermont, USA

Merchants Row, Looking North from Depot Park, Rutland, Vermont

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1794 - December 8 - 1st issue of Herald of Rutland, VT published
History of Rutland, Vermont

History of Rutland, Vermont (
1849 Rutland
Rutland Co. This is a shire town. The principal stream in Rutland is Otter Creek, which enters the ...Read MORE...

News  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
News  1875 - OPERA HOUSE FIRE.
Whitehall, N. Y., May 15. - A fire at Rutland, Vt., this morning, burned the Ripley's Opera House,...Read MORE...

News  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
News  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...Read MORE...

RUTLAND, Vt., Feb. 11. - One of the worst disasters in the history of marble quarrying occurred at...Read MORE...

News  1894 - June 17 - 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
June 17, 1894
News  1895 - Flood
Great Damage to Railroads by the Surging Rivers.

News  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 ...Read MORE...

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
News  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...Read MORE...

News  1927 - Flood
...Some 200 families were reported homeless at Rutland [Vermont]. Many had been forced to use boats ...Read MORE...

1952 - First woman to win Olympic gold medals in skiing was Andrea Mead, of Rutland, in 1952. resources/ state-facts/ vermont.html
1968 - March 18 - WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Dennis ARCHAMBAULT (25 December 1856, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 1 January 1942, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Abbie Jane ELLIS (March 24, 1855, Rutland, Vermont, USA - November 18, 1929, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA)

flag  Joseph GLAZIER (1782, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 2 September 1860, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Eleanor M. KIMBALL (1833, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 8 March 1852, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Anna KING (7 April 1754, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 1805, Rutland, Vermont, USA)

flag  Gracie Irene PARSONS (1878, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 28 March 1901, Morristown, Vermont, USA (Morrisville))

flag  Eliza PRATT (1819, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 17 July 1850, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Edward RALEIGH (1865, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 24 February 1886, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)
flag  James RALEIGH (1867, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 19 February 1886, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Marie L. ROBICHAUD (1859, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 9 June 1901, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  William ROGERS (1803, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 5 January 1868, Butler Township, Michigan, USA)

flag  Walter Crafts STEVENS (24 November 1799, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 3 March 1875, Highgate, Franklin, Vermont, USA) gravestone

flag  Hepsebeth STONE (1789, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 30 November 1860, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

flag  Ashbel COOK (6 May 1738, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA - 16 December 1801, Rutland, Vermont, USA)
flag  Ebenezer COOK (13 December 1719, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA - 1777, Rutland, Vermont, USA)

immigrant - Canada to US   Dominique DUBOIS (13 January 1807, Saint-Cuthbert, Québec, Canada - 4 April 1880, Rutland, Vermont, USA)

flag  Anna KING (7 April 1754, Rutland, Vermont, USA - 1805, Rutland, Vermont, USA)

flag  Arthur Elbridge KINGSBURY (9 March 1873, Jamaica, Vermont, USA - 21 April 1948, Rutland, Vermont, USA) gravestone

flag  Sarah LEONARD (22 April 1733, Preston, Connecticut, USA - 22 August 1795, Rutland, Vermont, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Benjamin Franklin REYNOLDS (August 1780 - August 1862) & Ruth YOUNG (3 January 1794 - 29 May 1855)
married 24 December 1824

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