Scenic USA - Connecticut
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
An Algonquin Indian word honors a central Connecticut river and town with the name Willimantic. Meaning land of the swift running water, the Willimantic River not only passed on its name to the town, but supplied the power to run early 1820s factories. Within a decade, the town saw additions of a stone factory and six thread factories. Affluent town's folk and factory owners built mansions on Prospect Hill, and by the beginning of the 20th century a second wave of immigrants came from Eastern European to work in the mills. To accommodate this increase of factory production and new arrivals, three railways began to provide service to Willimantic. With most of the activity in town centered on cotton and silk thread production, Willimantic easily captured the title of Thread City.
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