Norwich in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory
Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory was the city’s largest employer. During the Civil War, Norwich provided more arms for the Union forces than any other city. As the nation’s largest armory, Hopkins & Allen was just one of many gun factories in Norwich.
It was a cold February 4, 1900 when the four-story brick building on this site caught fire. It was February, and so at six in the morning it was dark, and the streets were lighted by gas lamps. The fire was discovered by the night watchman, Joe Skelly. By the time the fire department arrived, it was too late to save the building and Hopkins & Allen was destroyed in the biggest fire in the history of Norwich. It imposed a special hardship, for all of the gunsmiths’ tools were lost in the flames. Without those tools, the entire work force was unemployed.
A new 80,000 square foot Hopkins & Allen was built on the same site and rededicated in March of 1901. The 220 foot long, 60 foot wide, four-story building cost approximately $55,000.
Hopkins & Allen Company, which began operations in 1868, continued in business until 1917. The World War I Armistice was given as the reason for going out of business.
David and Karen Warfield
in honor of Edward J. Rogalski
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norwich CT 06360, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Angelo Sanquedolce Memorial Plaza (about 700 feet away); Central Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slater Museum (approx. ¾ mile away); John F. Slater (approx. ¾ mile away); William Ashby McCloy (approx. ¾ mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
Also see . . . Hopkins & Allen on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.