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Derby, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

"Debby, a post-township of New Haven county, Connecticut, 10 miles W. by N. from New Haven, on the E. Bide of Housatonic river. Population, 3824. The village of Derby is situated at the junction of the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers, and on the Naugatuck railroad."

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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  • 1675 - (Derby, CT) Settled as a Native American trading post in 1654, it was named after Derby, England, in 1675.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ derby/

  • 1681 First water-powered grist mill opened in Derby

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  • 1819 - Derby
    Derby, an ancient commercial post town, is situated upon the eastern side of the Ousatonick river, 12 miles from its mouth, at the head of...Read MORE...


  • 1819 - First industrial training school, established by Josiah Holbrook in Derby

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  • 1833 – A family of Bethany Indians resettled in Derby by the selectmen is wiped out by smallpox; there are in all six men, three squaws, and three children; only the children survive the epidemic.
    The family, named Mack, support themselves by making baskets and by hunting. They are among the last survivors of the Paugusset Indians living in the ...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    DERBY, a township of New Haven co., in the state of Connecticut, 44 m. SW of Hartford, watered by the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers. The surface is ...Read MORE...


  • 1870 - Housatonic Dam opened in Derby

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ derby/

  • News 1882 - HIGH WATER AT DERBY. The Scene at the Ousatonic Dam - Freshets of Past Years.
    BIRMINGHAM, Sept. 25.- The steady down pour of rain during Saturday, both day and night, caused the Ousatonic and Naugatuck rivers to rise to the...Read MORE...


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    Town Pump
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    City Hall
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    St. Mary's Church, Convent and School
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    Public Library, 1907
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    M.E. Church and Soldiers Monument, 1907
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    R.R. Station, 1907
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    Unitarian Church at Atwater Ave., 1907
  • News 1908 - SPEEDING MOGUL BLOWS UP.
    Trainmen Hurt, Locomotive and Cars Wrecked, and Tracks Torn Up.
    Special to The New York Times.

    DERBY, Conn., April 9. - When making a trip from...Read MORE...


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    Franklin School, 1908
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    High School, 1909
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    Derby Junction, Conn. Trolley Terminus, 1909
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    Home Trust Co. & Burmingham Nat'l Bank, Main St.
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    Naugatuck River and Bridge
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    Seymore Avenue
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    Old Town Well
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    Bridge over Housatonic River
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    Bassett House, 1911
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    Main Street, 1911
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    Elizabeth Street, 1912
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    Main Street, 1912
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    First Congregational Church, 1913
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    The Griffin Hospital
  • 1916
    Derby, der'be, a banking city of New Haven co., Conn., in Derby township (town), on the Housatonic River, at the month of the Naugatuck River, and on ...Read MORE...


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    Clark Hotel, and Theatre
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    Main Street
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    Main Street, Looking East
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    Second Congregational Church


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