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Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

"Waterbury, wä'ter-ber-e, a beautiful city of New Haven co., Conn., is pleasantly situated in a valley, on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles S.W. of Hartford, 21 miles N.N.W. of New Haven, and 88 miles N.E. of New York. It is on the New York & New England Railroad, at its junction with the Naugatuck Railroad. Many of the residences are remarkable for their neatness, and are adorned with shade-trees, flower-gardens, and shrubbery. In the central part of the town is a fine public park, from which the principal streets diverge. On the border of this park stand the new and elegant city hall and St. John's Episcopal church, the latter built of granite, in the Norman or Gothic style, with a spire 200 feet high, and an organ said to be the largest in the state. The city contains 8 churches, a high school, several other fine public-school buildings... printing-offices which issue 3 daily and 3 weekly news- V papers. Waterbury has long been distinguished for its in varied and extensive manufactures, which, according to Sh the census returns of 1890, employ a capital of $14,638,476, for with an annual product valued at $15,602,684. It has a mil number of rolling-mills, foundries, button-factories, clock-factories, and extensive manufactures of brass kettles, pins, wire, files, suspenders, machinery, silver-plated ware, and pearl goods. It is stated that three-fifths of the brass manufactured in the United States is made here. About 10,000 persons are employed in the manufactories of Waterbury. Pop. in 1870, 10,826; in 1880, 17,806; in 1890, 28,646."

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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Corner North and West Main Streets, Waterbury, Conn.

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West Main Street, 1906

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The Reid & Hughes Dry Goods Co., 1907 ad

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Birds Eye View from High Rock, 1908

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The Green

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Second Congregational Church

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Ruins Waterbury Brass Co., 1909

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St. Margaret's School, 1909

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Willow Street, Waterbury, Conn.

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Bridge at Hamilton Park

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Waterbury Manufacturing Co.

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Naugatuck River

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The Railroad Station


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West Main Street, looking East

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Willow St. looking North

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Poli's Theatre, 1911

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The Elton

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Notre Dame Convent, 1912

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Crosby High School, 1913

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Waterbury Clock Co., 1916


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Exchange Place, 1918

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Waterbury Hospital

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Round Avenue, Overlooking Wigwam Reservoir

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Connecticut's Finest Bakery
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  • 1674 - Settlers from Farmington purchase land at Mattatuck from the Tunxis Indians; this area later becomes Waterbury and Naugatuck.
    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm
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  • 1728 – Waterbury, at its own request, is transferred from Hartford County to New Haven County.
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  • 1802 - Brass industry begun at Waterbury by Abel Porter and associates.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1819 - Waterbury
    Waterbury is a post township, situated in the northwest part of the county, 20 miles distant from New-Haven; bounded north by Watertown and Plymouth, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - EXTENSIVE FIRE. The Spirit of Fire After Connecticut Buttons - Heavy Loss.
    NEW-HAVEN, Friday, Aug. 18.
    The large button factory of MALTBY, MORTON & Co., in Waterbury, Conn., was totally destroyed by fire this morning at 3... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - A BAD FREIGHT WRECK.
    WATERBURY, Ct., July 2. - In confusion, piled up end over end, nearly all of 11 loaded freight cars blocked the Naugatuck track today at the turn... Read MORE...

  • 1894 - April 10 - Waterbury, CT received 14 inches of snow
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  • News  1896 - FLED FOR THEIR LIVES. Disastrous Fire in a Waterbury Factory To-day.
    Waterbury, Jan. 9. - There was a $20,000 to $30,000 fire to-day at the brass goods factory of Holmes, Booth & Hayden. The fiee started at 11:45 in a... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - WATERBURY HOTEL AMONG BUILDINGS IN THE FIRE
    Waterbury, Conn., Jan. 18. - A row of wooden buildings on Bank Street at Exchange Palce[sic], was partly gutted by fire today. The roof of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - "BUGS" RAYMOND IN WRECK.
    Ball Player Bruised in Crash on the New Haven.

    WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 1. - A passenger train running from Bridgeport to Winsted on the New Haven... Read MORE...

  • News  1916 - ONE KILLED, 5 HURT IN WATERBURY FIRE
    The Connecticut Hotel Destroyed by Blaze - Sixty Guests In Peril

    WATERBURY, Conn Jan. 4.- One man was killed, five others were injured and the... Read MORE...

  • 1926 - July 22 - 105°F (41°C), Waterbury, Connecticut (state record)
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  • 1953 - September 4 - WATR TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
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  • News  1955 - Hurricane Diane
    ...Flood waters apparently hit hardest at Stroudsburg, Pa., with at least 20 counted dead, and Waterbury, Conn., where at least 15 persons were... Read MORE...

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