When Torrington's first English settlers, Ebenezer Lyman Jr. and his wife, Sarah, arrived in the hills of northwest Connecticut in 1737, they found little more than a lonely wilderness. Although the town grew steadily, it was only in 1813, when Frederick Wolcott built his woolen mill on the banks of the Naugatuck River, that Torrington was set on the path to becoming a significant manufacturing center. A railroad line completed in 1849 linked the town with larger population centers and further stimulated industrial growth. For the next 100 years, Torrington supplied the world with needles, woolen cloth, hardware, tools, sheet and rolled brass, bicycles, skates, golf shafts, ball bearings, and other manufactured products. Together, Torrington's farmers, laborers, builders, artists, and entrepreneurs created a dynamic and progressive community in the hills of Litchfield County.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467127813
: Arcadia Publishing
: 04/09/2018
: Connecticut
: Images of America
: 220 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Elizabeth A. Kaczmarcyk, a Torrington native with a deep interest in local history, has selected over 200 photographs from the archives of the Torrington Historical Society to create a visual history of Torrington. These vivid images, carefully researched and supplemented with ephemera and photographs from private collections, capture the vibrant period between 1870 and 1960, when Torrington's immigrant neighborhoods flourished, the factories hummed, and enlightened citizens established the institutions that live on in Torrington today.
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