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Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Over 300 years have passed since 1661 when Jonathan Gilbert was granted a land settlement for a farm near Cold Spring in what later became the City of Meriden...

In the 1600s and 1700s Meriden was a rural or suburban sector of the town of Wallingford. Situated halfway between the Connecticut Colony on the north (Hartford - Wethersfield) and the New Haven Colony on the south, it became a stopping place for colonists who traveled by horse or by foot. Belcher Tavern was one of its well known resting places. At that time, wolves still roamed the woods in the north of town. The first wagon did not make its appearance here until 1789...


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The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898

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Colony Street, Meriden, Conn.

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City Hospital, Meriden, Conn.

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Hanover Park, Meriden, Conn. 1901
"The most popular resort for Sunday Schools in New England."

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Castle Craig Tower, 1905

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City of Meriden, Conn., From Pleasant Street

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Goodwill Avenue

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View from West Main Street


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Curtis Homes, 1906

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Industrial School for Boys

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Colony Street (1907)

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Elm St. from Silver St., Meriden, Conn. (1910)

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First Congregational Church

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Library Square

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Baptist Church, 1910

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Falls, Hanover Park


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Home Club, Colony St.

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St. Stanislaus R. C. Polish Church

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View of Town Hall on Liberty St.

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Veteran Volunteer Hose Co., 1911

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Curtis Memorial Library

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New High School, 1914

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State Armory

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Bird's Eye View of Meriden, Conn.


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Derecktor's Block No. 2., Formerly Meriden House

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West Main St. looking East, National Gas & Electric Light Co.

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Hall and Lewis Block, Cor. Coloney and Main St.

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Ev. Lutheran Immanuel Church Parish House

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N.Y. N.H. & H. Station

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South Avenue from Winthrop Terrace, Christian Science Church

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History and News of Meriden, Connecticut, USA

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  • "About 1661, Jonathan Gilbert, pioneer, came down from northward and acquired, by virtue of purchase from the Indians, a large tract - practically the whole of the upper part of Meriden - which he called Meriden Farm."
    A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
  • 1806 - (Meriden, CT) - Formerly known as North Farms, the area was incorporated as a town from parts of Wallingford in 1806.
    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ meriden/
  • 1819 - Meriden
    Meriden is a small post town, situated in the northern section of the county, 17 miles from Hartford, and about the same from New-Haven; bounded on... Read MORE...

  • 1867 - Meriden, CT became a city
    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ meriden/
  • News  1870 - Fire
    In Meriden, Ct., on the 15th, at a fire in Wilcox & Co.'s mill, EDGAR C. FENEYAK was killed and two other firemen injured. The New Hampshire Patriot
    Concord, New Hampshire
    April 20, 1870
  • News  1888 - Fire
    The barns of the horse railroad company at Meriden, Conn., were burned Tuesday night. Fourteen cars were consumed and eighty horses perished in the... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - Breaking of a Dam
    Seventy-Five Acres of Water, Ten Feet Deep, Above Meriden, Conn., Released.
    MERIDEN, Conn., Aug. 6. - Garlick's dam, holding back seventy-five acres ... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - A Train Goes Over a High Bank
    MERIDEN, Conn., Nov. 21. - Train No. 2 on the Meriden, Waterbury and Connecticut railroad met with a serious accident at the Southington road... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - Thrown From His Wagon and Killed
    Meriden, Conn., June 3. - Laughlin Stretch, employed by W. C. Twiss, lumber dealer, was killed in a runaway accident. Stretch was driving down a hill ... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - Silver Workers Make Demands
    Meriden, Conn., Sept. 30. - A demand for a nine hour day with ten hours' pay has been presented at all the factories of the International Silver... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - BAD FIRE IN CONNECTICUT. TOWN HALL OF MERIDEN DESTROYED AND SIX FIREMEN HURT.
    Meriden, Conn., Feb. 15. - For eight hours Sunday firemen fought a fire which finally caused the complete destruction of the town hall and injuries... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Meriden, a city of New Haven co., Conn., in Meriden township (town), on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 18 miles S. by W. of Hartford. The... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - Train Wreck
    MERIDEN, Conn., Nov. 29.- Two light coupled engines, north-bound from New Haven on the main line of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad,... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - Acid in Holy Water Fatal
    Woman Found in Confessional Box at Meriden (Conn.) With Fatal Draught Near.

    Meriden, Conn., July 22. - The body of Miss Cora Dessureau, 30 years... Read MORE...

  • News  1913 - SCARE ON NEW HAVEN ENGINE JUMPS TRACK - Cars Enveloped in Steam, but Passengers Escape Injury - Driving Rods Broke.
    Special to The New York Times.

    MERIDEN, Conn., July 18. - The eastbound express train on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, which left... Read MORE...

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