Norwich in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Norwich and Worcester Railroad
Opened March 9, 1840
Leased to New York & New England R.R. 1886
Leased to New England R.R. 1896
Leased to N.Y., N.H., & H. R.R. 1898
Centennial Exercises sponsored by the New London Railroad Association
May 11, 1940
This stone is a sill
from the N. and W. R.R.
Freight House built
in 1839 destroyed
by hurricane Sept. 21, 1938
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is March 9, 1840.
Location. 41° 31.437′ N, 72° 4.394′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is on Railroad Place just south of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Railroad Place, Norwich CT 06360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William A. Buckingham House (within shouting distance of this marker); Once upon a time in Norwich... (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Baptist ChurchAngelo Sanquedolce Memorial Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers (approx. half a mile away); Slater Museum (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
Also see . . .
1. The Norwich and Worcester Railroad (Wikipedia). The Norwich and Worcester Railroad was an 1837 consolidation of the Boston, Norwich and New London Railroad Company of Connecticut and the Worcester and Norwich Railroad Company of Massachusetts when both state legislatures passed acts allowing the merger. Neither of these companies had built any railroad but the new one proceeded to build one from Norwich, Connecticut (later New London) north to Worcester, Massachusetts, including the Taft Tunnel at Lisbon, CT. (Submitted on April 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Iron and Water: The Norwich & Worcester Railroad Story. When the Norwich & Worcester line opened for travel in 1840 it boasted one of the first railroad tunnels in the country. Its creation involved skillful engineering, copious amounts of blasting powder, and strong backs. Within a decade, the line began constructing its own locomotives and cars in a large (Submitted on April 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. The Great New England Hurricane of 1938. On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck Long Island and Southern New England. The storm hit Long Island and Southern Connecticut on September 21, moving at a forward speed of 47 mph! Sustained hurricane force winds were felt across central and eastern Long Island and southeastern Connecticut. The hurricane produced a destructive storm surge flooding coastal communities as well as producing three to seven inches of rainfall. (Submitted on April 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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