Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Trains, Trolleys & Transportation
– The Museum in the Streets –
—Danbury, Connecticut —
On March 1, 1852, the first train on the tracks of the Danbury & Norwalk Railroad pulled into the Main Street depot, located on the site of the present Post Office. The venture consisted of three locomotives, six passenger cars, twenty-four freight cars and three handcars.
With two trains arriving daily, connecting to points north and south, it brought with it the means for the city to become a viable economic powerhouse in the region. The hatting industry flourished as goods were more easily shipped around the country and throughout the world.
At certain points, Danbury was also a junction for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, transported passengers to connect with the Housatonic and Shepaug lines, and catered to those traveling on the New York & New England as well as the Central New England lines.
Danbury became home to a thriving trolley system in the late 1800s and took passengers to exotic locations like Kenosia Park and Bethel for mere pennies. Eventually the trolley system became too cumbersome to maintain and expand. It was replaced by a modern bus system.
In 1903, the Danbury Union Station opened on White Street. The new station could accommodate more traffic and enhance travel options. Several scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 film Strangers on a Train were shot in and around Danbury
In 1993, extensive work went into the preservation and reconstruction of the historic structure now home to the Danbury Railway Museum. The Old Danbury Station and the original turntable are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 41° 23.736′ N, 73° 27.231′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Main Street near Library Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 266 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Danbury Fair Days (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Edward Ives – The Father of Modern Music (within shouting distance of this marker); 248 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Marian Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seal of the City (within shouting distance of this marker); The News Around Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Higher Education (within shouting distance of this marker); The Danbury Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.