Chartered as a city in 1836, Bridgeport was originally occupied by the Pequonnock Indians of the Paugussett nation. A community of fishing and farming, Bridgeport’s coastal location led it to become a center for shipbuilding and whaling. The addition of ready access by train transportation in the mid -19th Century spurred the development of this well positioned city to become famous as a regional center of engineering and manufacturing during the 20th Century.
Settled by colonists from Norwalk and Stamford in 1685, the area was originally occupied by Paquioque Indians. The city, named for Danbury in Essex, England, was to become rich in early American and Revolutionary War History. Famously known as a manufacturing center of hats, the area is geographically situated at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains bordering New York State.
Located at the intersection of Route 8 and Interstate 84, the City of Waterbury will be long remembered as a manufacturing center of durable brass products, watches and clocks. Originally occupied by Algonquin Indians, Waterbury was first incorporated as a town in 1866 and then as a city in 1853. A key industrial region situated in the Naugatuck River Valley, the name “Waterbury” was actually inspired by the numerous creeks and streams that entered the Naugatuck River from either side of the valley.
This program will highlight the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company. Headquartered in Hartford, Colt was founded by the company’s namesake, Samuel Colt in 1855 and became famous for its designs that went on to be classics among the military and law enforcement from the Civil War Era to the present day.