Plumtrees Honor Roll
Parmly Brown • John E. Nelson • Leland Grumman Jr.
Warren Abrams • Arthur Appell • George S Bates • Thomas Bergstrom • Arthur C. Brown • Raymond Capellaro • George Cher • Michael Cher • Stephen Cher • Richard Collier • William . . . — — Map (db m55005) HM
The Plumtrees School was built in 1867 as a one room school house for the Plumtrees District of Bethel. The school served the community from 1867 through 1970. At its closing it was the last operating one room school house in . . . — — Map (db m55006) HM
When this area was settled, soon after 1685, it was part of its present neighbor, Danbury. As population grew, residents petitioned the General Assembly of the Colony for parish status and a church closer than the center of Danbury. In 1759 . . . — — Map (db m114646) HM
The above photo depicts Bethel’s second train station that was completed in 1899 and provided passenger service until 1996 when a new station was constructed further north along the line. Bethel’s original train station occupied this same spot from . . . — — Map (db m48431) HM
[ north face ]
Soldiers & Sailors
Who Gave Their Lives
In Defense Of The Union
[ south face ]
Albert Woodruff 2nd Conn. Art.
Adam Grimm 7th Conn.
James Smith . . . — — Map (db m26819) HM
This monument is dedicated to the brave men and women of the town of Bethel who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully served their country. We honor and express gratitude for their courage and the sacrifices they made to keep America a free . . . — — Map (db m21234) HM
“I was born and reared in an atmosphere of merriment my natural bias was developed and strengthened by the associations of my youth; and I feel myself entitled to record the sayings and doings of the wags and eccentricities of Bethel because . . . — — Map (db m69926) HM
Size: up to 12.5 feet in length[;] up to 6.5 feet at the shoulders
Weight: up to 2,500 lbs[;] males larger than females
Lifespan: 15-20 years in the wild[;] up to 40 years in captivity
Habitat: grasslands . . . — — Map (db m230894) HM
Size: 18 - 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: males weigh between 80-200 pounds, females weigh between 62-132 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years average, up to 20 years
Habitat: temperate forest, with a wide range of . . . — — Map (db m230906) HM
It is estimated that between 1970 - 1983, the Amur leopard lost 80% of its former territory. Indiscriminate logging, forest fires and land conversion for farming are the main causes. There is still hope. Large tracts of forest, which are ideal . . . — — Map (db m230916) HM
AZA Tiger Conservation Campaign
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo supports the Amur Tiger Conservation projects sponsored by the AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan. The first survey of Amur tigers in the 1930's estimated that only 20 - 30 remained . . . — — Map (db m230926) HM
Height: 4 feet
Weight: up to 33 lbs
Wingspan: 10 to 12 feet
Males: brown eyes,
Females: red eyes and lack the head crest Or carbuncle.
Lifespan: 50 years in the wild. Over 75 years in human . . . — — Map (db m230842) HM
The eagle's drastic decline in the mid-20th century has been attributed to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. In a process called biological magnification (brought brought forth to the general public by Rachel Carson in her book Silent . . . — — Map (db m230922) HM
Size: 34-43 inches in length
Weight: males 8-9 lbs, females 10-14 lbs
Wingspan: 6-7.5 feet
Lifespan: 25 to 30 in the wild[;] up to 60 years in captivity
Habitat: lakes, rivers and seacoasts
Diet: fish, . . . — — Map (db m230923) HM
Size: 17-20 inches[;] wingspan of 39-43 inches
Weight: 2.5 lbs
Lifespan: 18 years in the wild[;] over 20 years in captivity
Habitat: coniferous forests, swamp and riparian forests
Diet: small mammals, birds, . . . — — Map (db m230893) HM
Size: 19-20 inches
Wingspan: 38-42 inches
Weight: 1.6 pounds
Females are larger than males
Lifespan: 23 years in human care and 10 years or more in the wild
Habitat: Mature forests are their preferred . . . — — Map (db m230934) HM
Bears have fascinated and inspired humans since our ancient ancestors first explored the wild world around them and gazed at the skies above.
They connect us deeply with the natural world around us.
Inspired by the rising sun, Sun bears . . . — — Map (db m230880) HM
For thousands of years, tribal people around the world have relied on certain animals to provide them with meat, milk, shelter, tools and transportation. Middle-Eastern tribes have relied on Dromedary camels, northern Eurasian tribes have relied . . . — — Map (db m230898) HM
Size: up to 16 inches
Weight: up to 3.5 lbs
Lifespan: 5-8 years in the wild[;] 8-12 years in captivity
Habitat: open, level, arid, short and medium-grass plains
Diet: grasses, weeds, forbs, roots, a small . . . — — Map (db m230882) HM
Our Big Cow was originally displayed at the Danbury Fair, one of the largest agriculture fairs in the country for many years.
Thank you to our Big Cow sponsor, Wade's Dairy.
The Big Cow has also become a Time Capsule to be opened in . . . — — Map (db m230931) HM
Wild cattle originated in North Africa, Europe and Southern Asia. Domestic cattle are found worldwide.
Cattle are large, hoofed mammals. They graze on rangelands throughout the world.
Cattle breeds vary in color, shape and size. The . . . — — Map (db m230940) HM
People have kept goat herds for more than 10,000 years.
They originated in Central Asia and are now found worldwide.
The many breeds of domestic goats vary in color, shape and size. The largest breeds can weigh up to 250 pounds, while . . . — — Map (db m230937) HM
Frederick Law Olmsted
Beardsley Park was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted during the 1880's, and the design completed by his sons in the early 20th century. Known as the father of American landscape architecture, Olmsted . . . — — Map (db m230835) HM
Height at shoulder: 21 - 24 inches
Weight: 150 to 300 lbs
Habitat: Farms across Europe, Africa and the United States
Diet: Shrubs, weeds, bird eggs, mice grasshoppers, roots, tubers, even manure
Status: This . . . — — Map (db m230939) HM
One of the two Amur leopards at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is melanistic, causing her to appear all black, while the male has the usual coat pattern. At first, a melanistic cat might look solid black, but even melanistic leopards are spotted. If . . . — — Map (db m230917) HM
Size: 18-30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 70 to 90 lbs
Lifespan: up to 15 years
Habitat: mountain forests, grasslands and shrublands
Diet: elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, also known to eat smaller . . . — — Map (db m230875) HM
Our myths and legends about wolves vary from reverence to fear.
Mother to mythic heroes
According to Roman mythology. Romulus and Remus were nurtured as infants by a "she-wolf." Romulus founded the city of Rome on the Tiber . . . — — Map (db m230843) HM
Named for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, this is the oldest turkey variety developed in the United States. They originate from the breeding of native wild turkeys in New England to domesticated species brought here by European settlers. . . . — — Map (db m230944) HM
Beardsley Park Zoo was founded as a menagerie featuring animals donated by the P.T. Barnum Circus and area residents. With the historic Greenhouse as a central feature of the park, the Zoo became a beautiful recreation site where visitors could . . . — — Map (db m230840) HM
Wolves have been brought to near extinction, mainly due to conflicts with humans.
1630 - Present
Bounty Hunting for Wolves
In 1630, Massachusetts colonists passed the first wolf bounty law in America. They sought to eliminate wolves . . . — — Map (db m230845) HM
While bears come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, all bears have some things in common. Large, powerful, well-furred bodies, long snouts with super-sensitive noses, broad paws with sharp claws and tiny tails are . . . — — Map (db m230878) HM
Peafowl are native to India. The males, known as peacocks, are brightly-colored to attract females (peahens).
Guineafowl are native to Africa. Their keen eyesight enables them to prey on invertebrates.
Wild Turkeys are true "American . . . — — Map (db m230945) HM
Size: about 3' tall at the shoulder, length of 6'-7'
Weight: 90 - 130 lbs for females, 130 - 220 lbs for males
Lifespan: up to 10 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity
Diet: a wide variety of . . . — — Map (db m230895) HM
White tigers are not a separate species. All white tigers in North America are the descendants of a single tiger captured in 1951. Generations of inbreeding have increased the frequency of the white coat. Because of this inbreeding and the . . . — — Map (db m230928) HM
Abraham Lincoln visited this city Saturday evening March 10, 1860, and delivered a political address before a large audience of citizens in Washington Hall, which was then a portion of this building. — — Map (db m170212) HM
"The Park City"
The area that is now Bridgeport was settled in the mid-17th century by farmers from the older towns of Stratford and Fairfield. Centers of settlement were Stratfield, present North Avenue; Pembroke, now Old Mill Green; . . . — — Map (db m91834) HM
Freedom is not free
I will never leave you or forsake you
Hebrews 13 5
In my generation this was not the first occasion
when the strong attacked the
weak. Communism was acting in Korea just as
Hitler, Mussolini and . . . — — Map (db m170213) WM
This Tablet Is Dedicated To Bridgeports Sons And Daughters Who Gave Up Their Lives That The World Might Re A Better Place In Which To Live
Agnew, James • Altman, Walter G. • Anderson, Martin A. • Armstrong, Thomas • Baltonsaita, Ignatz • Banks, . . . — — Map (db m91929) WM
This Memorial Is Dedicated To
Those Who Have Given The Supreme
Sacrifice To Their Country
“If Ye Break Faith
We Shall Have Died In Vain”
Donated By Concerned Citizens
Dedicated - May 29, 1983
( left panel . . . — — Map (db m91928) WM
World War II Memorial
To those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that others would live
Aaron, William • Adams, Thomas • Adelman, Harold • Aitkin, Richard W. • Akalis, Anthony J. • Alderucci, Salvatore • Aleksiewicz, Stephen N. • Anagnos, . . . — — Map (db m91973) WM
This Marker Commemorates The
Of The City Of Bridgeport
During This 150th Year
The People Of Bridgeport Reflected On Their Past
Celebrated Their Present Life Together,
And Planned For A Future Full Of Hope And . . . — — Map (db m91975) HM
James Henry O'Rourke
September 1, 1850 - January 8, 1919
‘Orator Jim' O'Rourke, son of Irish immigrants, was a professional baseball player, scholar, and civil rights activist. The Bridgeport native had the first base hit in National League . . . — — Map (db m91832) HM
In memory of
the construction workers
who died at L'Ambiance Plaza
April 23, 1987
Michael Addona • Augustus Allman • Glenn Canning • Mario Colello • Francesco D’Adonna • William Daddona • Donald Emanuel • Vincent Figliomeni • Herbert . . . — — Map (db m91977) HM
Lewis Howard Latimer
September 4, 1848 – December 11, 1928
Considered one of the 10 most important black inventors in US history. Lewis Latimer was renowned for his work with the Edison Pioneers. Of his many inventions and patents, his most . . . — — Map (db m91836) HM
In 1851, P.T. Barnum and William Noble took the land that we now stand on and developed it. Lots were planned and streets were named after their own family members such as Caroline, Hallet, and of course Barnum. A firm was hired to design an English . . . — — Map (db m227305) HM
In 1851, P.T. Barnum and William Noble took the land that we now stand on and developed it. Lots were planned and streets were named after their own family members such as Caroline, Hallet, and of course Barnum. A firm was hired to design an English . . . — — Map (db m227306) HM
Dexter cattle are the smallest North American breed of cattle. Dexter cattle were originally brought to the U.S. in 1912 from Ireland and quickly became popular due to their ideal size for the small family farms of the time. . . . — — Map (db m230943) HM
[ south plaque ] Dedicated To The Memory Of The Heroic Men Of Bridgeport, Who Fell In The Late War For The Preservation Of The Union. July, 1876 "It is for us the living to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from . . . — — Map (db m27137) HM
[Inscription on the street (east) side]
This Memorial Arch was erected
AD MCMXVIII to the memory of
William Hunt Perry
of Bridgeport Conn by his wife
Harriet Adelaide Perry
[Inscription on the park side]
This Memorial . . . — — Map (db m27166) HM
[ battle names on the banner at the top ]
Fort Sumter • Vicksburg • Mobile Bay • Antietam • Gettysburg • Appomattox
First Conn Cavalry
Richard R Crawford Lt D d Oct 30 1863 In Hospital Va
Eugene W Starkweather Corp L d . . . — — Map (db m27213) HM
This monument is a memorial to Charles S. Stratton, a native of Bridgeport, who gained worldwide fame as Tom Thumb in the exhibitions of P.T. Barnum. The lifesize statue was erected before Tom Thumb's death on July 15, 1883. In 1959 vandals smashed . . . — — Map (db m27168) HM
Parish of Newbury
The land which comprises the geographical area of Brookfield belonged to the towns of Danbury, Newtown, and New Milford. In 1754 the Parish of Newbury was incorporated by decree of the General Assembly with boundaries . . . — — Map (db m35170) HM
The potato famine of 1846-1851 brought large numbers of Irish immigrants to town. Many purchased homes in the Town Hill neighborhood and St. Peter Church became a focal point for the community.
Germans immigrants were the first major group . . . — — Map (db m71353) HM
This handsome Victorian Romanesque building was built as the new headquarters for the Danbury National Bank in 1887.
The architect, Warren Biggs of Bridgeport, used stone from Massachusetts. The building is constructed of Longmeadow . . . — — Map (db m72859) HM
Dedicated to the Memory Of the Black Soldiers of Greater Danbury who Served in the 29th and 30th Regiments, Conn. Volunteer Infantry During the Civil War 1861 – 1865
[ Names inscribed on the back ]
29th Conn . . . — — Map (db m23052) HM
Boston & Maine ALCO 2-6-0 Mogul 1455
This steam locomotive was built by the American Locomotive Company in 1907 for the Boston and Maine Railroad, eventually ending up on the Cape Cod Railroad. It was still pulling commuter trains from Boston’s . . . — — Map (db m89544) HM
Charles Edward Ives, the ‘Father of Modern Music,’ was born in Danbury on October 20, 1874 to a prominent New England family who were leading citizens of he community. His grandfather, George White Ives, founder of The Savings Bank of Danbury, . . . — — Map (db m71183) HM
Many Danbury land records were destroyed during the British raid of 1777. Historic newspapers, old deeds and early maps help us piece together some of the earliest place names of our city.
Parts of Danbury were lost to Bethel when it broke . . . — — Map (db m71348) HM
Built in 1923 this flatcar ran on the Central Vermont Railway. It was used at the Bullard Steel Mill in Bridgeport, CT. during the end of its active railroad life. The museum restored this car after purchasing it in 1997. Please note the . . . — — Map (db m89541) HM
Eight families came from Norwalk in 1685 to settle this area which the Indians called Pahquioque. They built their first homes a half mile south of here and made this green their common. The General Court in October 1687 decreed the . . . — — Map (db m22836) HM
Although local folklore credits a man by the name of Zadoc Benedict with the start of hatting in Danbury after the Revolutionary War, hatters are thought to have been at work in the Danbury community before that time.
After the . . . — — Map (db m71237) HM
Dedicated in loving memory to Connecticut victims of the terrorist attack on the United States September 11, 2001
Mayor Mark D. Boughton Danbury 9-11 Memorial Committee September 11, 2004 — — Map (db m22833) HM
1950 – 1953
to those who died
Honor and Eternal Rest
to those still missing
Rememberance and Hope
to those who returned
Gratitude and Peace
[Inscribed on the left panel]
Danbury . . . — — Map (db m23404) WM
1964 Vietnam War 1975
Dedicated this 29th day of May 1988 by the people of the greated Danbury area to those men and women who served their country during the Vietnam War.
This memorial symbolizes the courage and sacrifices made by . . . — — Map (db m43312) HM
Between 1886 and 1970 the Danbury City Hall was situated in the site of the present library courtyard. This wall, part of the original structure, stands as an enduring symbol preserving our City’s historic heritage. — — Map (db m22790) HM
When the Kohanza Reservoir Dam gave way on the night of February 20, 1869, sixty acres of water, ice, lumber and debris roared down north Main Street. It took shops, homes, bridges and factories with it and several lives were lost. A combination . . . — — Map (db m72857) HM
On April 26, 1777, 2,000 British soldiers, under the command of General Tryon, marched into Danbury. The town was a supply depot for military stores.
A Corps of Artificers; skilled craftsmen, such as blacksmiths, were formed into special . . . — — Map (db m72558) HM
Entertainment in Danbury has taken many forms. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and traveling circuses that passed through town competed with church-related activities and civic events.
The Taylor Opera House, built in 1870 provided first . . . — — Map (db m230137) HM
The origins of the Danbury Fair began in 1821 when the Fairfield Agricultural Society held gatherings in Elmwood Park on Main Street. The event gave farmers an opportunity to discuss farming methods and showcase the fruits of their labor. . . . — — Map (db m71186) HM
• First recorded census taken in 1756, Danbury’s population: 1,527.
• Danbury’s first mayor, elected in 1888, was Lewis LeGrand Hopkins.
• The first train arrived on the tracks of the Danbury & Norwalk Railroad on March 1, 1851.
• . . . — — Map (db m152995) HM
Center Marker:In Honor of
The Men and Women
who served in the World War
1917 – 1919
In Memory of these men who
made the supreme sacrifice
Toby Asmar Co. M. 325th Infantry Killed In . . . — — Map (db m23084) WM
Throughout its history, countless women have contributed to Danbury and the lives of its citizens. Here are just a few that have left their mark on our community.
Mary Bull (1812-1882) dedicated her life to attending the poor and needy of . . . — — Map (db m71247) HM
In Memory of All Danbury
World War II Veterans
This memorial is in honor of all of World War II Veterans who were involved in the fight for the freedom of America and the free world.
Whether they fought in the Pacific or European . . . — — Map (db m23398) HM
Located opposite from where you’re standing stood the roundhouse and adjoining machine shop facility for the Danbury Yard. Built in circa 1914 the structure had 9 stalls for storage, servicing and performing light repairs to the many locomotives . . . — — Map (db m89546) HM
[ North face ]
David Wooster First Maj. Gen. of the Conn. Troops in the Army of the Revolution. Brig. Gen. of the United Colonies. Born at Stratford, Mar. 2, 1710-11. Wounded at Ridgefield, April 27, 1777, while defending . . . — — Map (db m23074) HM
The start of the 20th century saw a continual influx of newcomers to Danbury. A religious census taken in 1916 showed that 27 nationalities and 20 creeds were represented among the 22,533 residents of the town.
The 1910 census shows that a . . . — — Map (db m71473) HM
The first eight families arrived here in 1685; full of hope as they embarked on a new life filled with opportunity. Others soon joined them in this flourishing settlement in a newly born colony.
Most of Danbury’s inhabitants, prior to the . . . — — Map (db m71352) HM
In 1801, Mr. Major Starr donated the land necessary to take a large curve out of Main Street on condition that it serve as a permanent common. To this end, residents from the southern end of the street raised their own funds and created Elmwood . . . — — Map (db m71476) HM
During the colonial period, agriculture was the principal occupation in Danbury. The daily tasks of our early settlers included clearing land, raising cattle, growing wheat, rye, corn, beans and squash.
Broad flat tracts of fertile ground . . . — — Map (db m71351) HM
Continuing educational opportunities have long been available in Danbury. In the late 1800s, the Stillman’s Business College, at the corner on Main and White Streets, offered classes in penmanship, commercial law and bookkeeping.
The . . . — — Map (db m71136) HM
Danbury’s First Episcopal Church occupied this site from 1763 until 1884. In 1777, British troops, led by General Tryon, took military stores from the church and burned them in the nearby street, but spared the edifice.
Three . . . — — Map (db m72562) HM
Alfred Hitchcock filmed portions of his 1951 film Strangers on a Train on this very platform. In the movie, Danbury Union Station played the part of the fictional 'Metcalf Station.' — — Map (db m230162) HM
Alfred Hitchcock filmed portions of his 1951 film Strangers on a Train on this very platform. In the movie, Danbury Union Station played the part of the fictional 'Metcalf Station.' — — Map (db m230164) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m71474) HM
Over 300 patents were issued to residents of Danbury between 1800 and 1890, one of the earliest was issued to D. Hoyt in 1838 for a door hinge.
Many inventions can be attributed to progress and practical conveniences including an oven, a . . . — — Map (db m71350) HM
A showman whose genuine love and understanding of people endeared him to the hearts of young and old alike. By his personal warmth, imagination, and drive, he built the Danbury State Fair into a nationally known attraction. — — Map (db m72861) HM
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