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Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA

"Middletown, a city and port of entry of Connecticut, and one of the capitals of Middlesex co., is pleasantly situated on the right or W. bank of the Connecticut River, and on the Connecticut Valley Railroad, the New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad (“Air Line”), and other branches of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 15 miles S. of Hartford, and 24 miles N.E. of New Haven. The principal mercantile houses and hotels are on Main street, which is broad and level, The more elevated parts of the city are occupied by elegant residences (on High street), with fine gardens and highly ornamented grounds. This city contains a stone court house, a custom-house, 4 national banks, an industrial school for girls, state asylum for the insane, the Berkeley Divinity School (Protestant Episcopal), and the Wesleyan University (Methodist), which was organized in 1831 and has 25 professors and instructors, about 300 students, and a library of 25,000 volumes. One daily and 1 weekly newspapers are published here. On a high hill 1 mile S.E. of this city are the large and imposing buildings of the State General Hospital for the Insane, having accommodations for 1300 patients. The main building is of Portland sandstone, Middletown has manufactures of britanniaware, tape, webbing, pumps, electric-light supplies, locks, harness, &c. An iron railway bridge across the river connects this city with the township of Portland, in which the celebrated Portland sandstone is quarried. The trains of the Air-Line Railroad pass over this bridge. The harbor of this port has 10 feet of water at the wharves. The New York and Hartford steamboats touch here. Middletown was settled in 1636, and incorporated as a city in 17??. Pop. in 1880, 6826; in 1890, 9013."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1784 -Earliest Connecticut cities incorporated - Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, New London and Norwich.

    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • News 1819 - MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.
    Middletown, (Conn.) July 29.

    On Tuesday last, as Mr. James Turner and his wife, of this town, were riding in a carriage, the horse took fright and ...Read MORE...


  • 1819 - Middletown
    Middletown, the semi-seat of justice, and the most considerable township of the county, is pleasantly situated upon the west side of the Connecticut...Read MORE...


  • 1831 - Wesleyan University founded in Middletown.

    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1839 Description of Middletown, Connecticut
    Middletown, Ct.

    Chief town of Middlesex co. Middletown City, and port of entry, lies on the W. bank of Connecticut river, 30 miles from its...Read MORE...


  • 1841 - October 3 - 18 inches of snow fell near Middletown, CT

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  • 1888 - March 12 - A blizzard paralyzed southeastern New York State and western New England. The storm produced 50 inches of snow at Middletown CT.

    The Weather Channel

  • Middletown, Connecticut, USA
    Omo Dress Shield
    The Omo Mfg. Co., Middletown, Ct.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    October 1898
  • Middletown, Connecticut, USA
    Washington Street, Middletown, Conn.
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    Washington Street, Middletown, Conn.
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    One of Middletown's Conn. Hose Company
  • News 1903 - YACHT WAIONTHA BURNED - Catches Fire on Connecticut River and Is Run Aground
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Aug. 14 - The steam yacht Waiontha of Hartford caught fire to-day while going down the Connecticut River, and now lies a blackened ...Read MORE...


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    Birds-eye View of Middletown and Connecticut River from Asylum Hill
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    Episcopal Church
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    South Congregational Church, 1905
  • News 1906 - UNIVERSITY IS DESTROYED. FIRE CONSUMES BUILDING ERECTED IN 1827 - RECORDS SAVED.
    Middletown, Conn., March 1. -- Wesleyan University sustained a severe loss by fire early today when old North College, containing 150 rooms was...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Middletown, a city of Connecticut, and one of the capitals of Middlesex co., in Middletown township (town), is pleasantly situated on the right or W. ...Read MORE...


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    Broad Street, 1906
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    College Campus Looking North, 1906
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    Holy Trinity Church, 1906
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    High School
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    Middle Building. Connecticut Hospital for the Insane., 1907
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    Russell Free Library, 1907
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    South Main Street, 1909
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    John Bell Scott's Memorial College
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    South Main St. looking North
  • Middletown, Connecticut, USA
    S. Main Street & Pleasant Street Junction
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    South Park and Methodist Church
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    Middletown, Conn. Y.M.C.A. and Connecticut Business College, Main Street
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    Chapel, Industrial School for Girls, 1911
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    Fire Department, 1912
  • News 1913 - FLOOD FIRE BURNS DEPOT. Connecticut River Wets Lime, Setting Building Ablaze.
    Special to The New York Times.

    MIDDLETOWN, Conn., March 30--The rising waters of the Connecticut River reached the freight depot of the New York,...Read MORE...


  • News 1919 - 8 INSANE MISSING IN CONNECTICUT FIRE
    Patients Are Thought Burned When Blaze Destroys Building of Middletown Institution.

    OTHERS HELP WITH BUCKETS.

    "Trusties" Remain Free from Panic ...Read MORE...


  • Middletown, Connecticut, USA
    The Chapel, Long Lane Farm
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    Nurses Home, State Hospital
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    St. John's R.C. Church and School
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    Greetings from Wesleyan University
  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New...Read MORE...


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    City Hall, Post Office and Main Street
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    United Restaurant and Cafeteria


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