Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Industrial Strength Danbury
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The artificers, who produced and distributed goods for the army during the American Revolution, may have fueled the start of Danbury’s early manufacturing activities. During the years following the war, Danbury began its transition from a primarily agricultural economy to a regional industrial center.
Turnpikes developed as supply routes during the war and water power from the Still River were important to the arrival of mills for producing flour, lumber, fulled woolen cloth and linseed oil for paint. Local paper mills fueled the publication of books with a Danbury imprint.
In the 1790s, the newspaper was filled with ads touting locally made clocks, carriages, and tailored clothing. The town even had a ‘peruke’ or wigmaker.
In the early 1800s, Nathaniel Bishop owned the largest comb making firm. He produced high-backed, ornately carved combs popular throughout Latin America. Cut and wrought nails, shirt manufacturers , straw board boxes, boot and shoe factories were growing businesses.
The arrival of the railroad, coal necessary to power machinery and the introduction of hat forming machines ushered in the industrial age. Manufacturers of hatting machinery such as the Turner Machine Company and the Doran Brothers were an important industrial base.
Foresight and initiative helped push the growth of Danbury’s
In the early 20th century, the Danbury Business Men’s Association secured state aid for roads and World War I initiated an effort to diversify. In 1918, a group of Danbury businessmen formed the Danbury Industrial Corporation; the first of its kind in the U.S., a vehicle in providing modern accommodations and facilities for welcoming new industries to our city.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 32.)
Location. 41° 23.39′ N, 73° 27.029′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Wooster Street near Grand Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danbury CT 06810, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldest Cemetery 1684 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Country Lanes & City Streets (about 500 feet away); The Circus Comes to Town (about 600 feet away); Inventions & Innovations (about 600 feet away); Danbury (about 700 feet away); The Danbury Raid (about 700 feet away); Schools and Education (about 700 feet away); The Danbury Court House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 25, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.