Unionville in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
An Industrial History of Unionville, 1780-1880
Map 2 is a photo of the View of Unionville in 1878 located in the Town Hall and Farmington Library. It shows the industries powered by water, as well as the churches, hotels, public school, and post office. Unionville was a thriving community. Compare this image to Map 1, which was made in 2015.
You have been walking on 1,000 feet of the earthen section of the Big Dam. At capacity, the water behind the dam would be three feet in front of you. The earthen dam was needed because the railroad tracks behind you would have been flooded without it. The Big Dam had two major abutments supporting the wide gravity dam. A layer of concrete was applied to the surface. The Flood of 1955, however, was beyond the structural capacity for all the dams. It eliminated much of the Big Dam, and all the dams downstream. The west abutment with its long wing wall is 100 yards down the trail; the 1955 flood waters peaked 5 feet above the top of the abutment.
On Map 1, paper production was the major industry (items 1-4) because of the water power and abundant supply of soft water from the underground aquifers. There were also a variety of industries producing metal products (items 5-12), wooden furniture (items 14-16), as well as saw & grist mills (items 17-18).
Erected 2015 by Eagle Scout project for Satchel Moll, Troop 170.
Location. 41° 46.348′ N, 72° 54.133′ W. Marker is in Unionville, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker can be reached from Connecticut Route 4. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Unionville CT 06085, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unionville Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Unionville Veterans Monument Dawson Dawson-Watson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Yodkins-Morin Memorial Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Farmington (approx. 2.4 miles away); Farmington Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Collins Company Plow Building (approx. 2.8 miles away); Collinsville’s Powerhouse Station No. 3 (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Unionville.
More about this marker. Marker is on the Power Dams Trail in Unionville, Connecticut (Hartford County). The trail begins at the Farmington River Trail parking lot on Route 4. The 2 mile level trail to the Marker requires directions from Farmington’s Recreation Department (see link below):
Also see . . . Click here for additional historical information and pictures. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on July 20, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. 6. submitted on November 4, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.