Historic Map - Torrington, CT - 1889

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Torrington, Conn. : 1889 / drawn & published by Geo. E. Norris, Brocton, Mass., 1889

Reproduction bird's-eye view of the community known as Torrington, CT, drawn and published by Geo. E. Norris in 1889. Formerly known as Wolcottville, Torrington was settled in the 1700's along the Naugatuck River Valley as a farming community. The 19th century brought several manufacturing companies to the area including its famed brass mills. The fast-moving Naugatuck River aided factories that used it for their waterpower. The Naugatuck Valley Railroad connected the area in 1849. Industry boomed and the area population exploded with the arrival of thousands of immigrants ready to work in the plants. Soon Torrington became an important producer of a variety of metal products such as bicycles, needles and brass hardware.

While there is obvious discoloration due to water damage, the map features clearly labeled street names with lively scenes of railroad, carriage and pedestrian traffic. 

Complete reference list below.

Features numbered references to the following locations:

  1. The Coe Brass M'fg Co's Office
  2. The Coe Brass M'fg Co's Works
  3. The Turner and Seymour M'fg Co., Fancy Hardware
  4. The Hendey Machine Co., Machine Tools
  5. Union M'fg Co., Woolens, Fancy Cassimeres, etc
  6. Union Hardware Company
  7. Excelsior Needle Company
  8. Hotchkiss Bros. & Co., Builders, Lumber Dealers, Sash, Door & Blind Mfrs.
  9. The Coe Furniture Co., Tables
10. Torrington M'fg Co., Upholsterers' Nails
11. Gaston, Weston & Ladd, Prestoline & Cleaning Compounds
12. E. H. Talcott. Flour and Grain Mills
13. Clark & Goodwin, Grain, Feed & Saw Mill
13. Geo. B. Goodwin, Wood Dealer
14. B. C. Patterson, Contractor & Builder. Wholesale Grain & Feed
15. W. S. Lewis, Dry Goods, Carpets & Clothing
16. J. M. Palmer, Dry Goods & Clothing
17. The Torrington Cooperative Co., General Merchandise
18. J. B. Reid, Fine Groceries & Provisions
18. Mrs. J. B. Reid, Millinery & Fancy Goods
19. Albert H. Wall, Groceries, Provisions, Fruit, etc.
20. M. Batters, Groceries & Provisions
21. The Agard Hardware Co., Hardware & M'frs Supplies
36. S. D. Platt, Drugs. Smith Block
22. Chas. McNeil, Pharmacist
23. Jas. W. Cotter, Druggist
24. F. A. Shepard, Diamonds, Watches & Jewelry
25. S. G. Odell, Funeral Director & Undertaker
25. Mrs. S. G. Odell, Millinery & Fancy Goods. Art Decorations, Stamping, etc.
15. T. M. Sullivan, Undertaking, Burial Cases, Caskets, Robes, etc.
26. F. R. Matthews, Matthews Bazaar
26. F. O. Hills, Photographer
27. A. H. Perkins, Harnesses, Trunks, Bags, etc.
28. A. D. McCarty, Stoves, Tinware, Plumbing and Steam Fitting
29. G. F. Farnham, City Market
15. Meara Bros., Meats & Vegetables
30. Clarke Prince, Wood & Coal
31. L. S. Hull & Son, Upholsterers & Furniture Dealers
21. Fred Baldauf, Paints, Oils, Varnishes & Paper Hangings
32. Chas. H. Volkmann, Barber & Hair Dresser
33. Vienna Bakery, J. H. Buckingham
34. Allen House Livery, E. F. Weston
35. Brooks Bros., Bankers & Insurance
36. W. A. Roraback, Attorney at Law, Smiths Block
37. Gideon H. Welch, Attorney at Law
38. Henry J. Allen, Sheriff & Insurance
35. H. J. Pulver, M.D., Granite Block
35. Jas. A. Wheeler, Physician & Surgeon
39. W. L. Platt, Physician & Surgeon
40. Torrington Register, Register P't'g Co's Office
38. Torrington Daily News
41. Farnham House, W. H. Farnham, Prop'r
42. Allen House
43. American House
44. Joy House, Maurace Joy, Prop'r
45. Torrington House, Michael T. Hayes, Prop'r
46.Town Hall
47. Congregational Church
48.Catholic Church
49. Episcopal Church
50. Methodist Church
51. Advent Church
52. Schools
22. Post Office
53. Opera House
36. Smiths Block
35. Granite Block
54. Red Mountain
55. Ivy Mountain Tower
56. West Torrington
57. Lawn Tennis Grounds
11. Electric Lighting Station


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