Bristol Business and Industry

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Bristol was incorporated in 1785 and quickly became recognized as a clock-manufacturing center and home of the E. Ingraham Company's "dollar watch." The town grew with the many immigrant workers who arrived to work for local knitting mills, spring companies, and brass manufacturers. By the 1890s, the strong growth of the town brought an influx of people with different skills who established the Bristol Press, banks, local neighborhood shops and markets, and service industries. In 1920, Bristol Nurseries created new varieties of chrysanthemums that eventually made Bristol known as the "Mum City." Redevelopment in the 1960s brought the new Bristol Plaza and changes on Farmington Avenue. In 1979, ESPN started its first broadcast in its new home on Middle Street. With the completion of the new Route 72, Bristol will today continue to offer new opportunities for business and industry to grow.
ISBN: 9780738573373
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 233
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lynda J. Russell, a resident of Bristol, is the author of Bristol Historic Homes, Plainville, and Lake Compounce. She serves on the board of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol mayor's TEAM committee and is a member of the Quota Club.