Windsor Locks

Bridge Street Bridge, Spanning Connecticut River, Windsor Locks
Bridge Street Bridge, Spanning Connecticut River, Windsor Locks
– Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

The Hartford County town of Windsor Locks sits on the Connecticut River’s west bank, roughly halfway between Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts. Originally part of Windsor, Windsor Locks incorporated in 1854. At the southern end of the Enfield Falls Canal, which opened in 1829, the town took part of its name from the locks. These controlled water levels in the canal and allowed vessels to safely bypass a dangerously shallow stretch of the river. Industry also sprung up in town and with it a vibrant working-class community. Windsor Locks’ native Ella Grasso, who became Connecticut’s first woman governor in 1975, hailed from such roots. Today, as home to Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks remains a vital transportation hub.

LEARN MORE

Places

“New England Air Museum,” 2016. Link.
“Noden-Reed Park Museum,” 2013. Link.
“Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.

Documents

Hughes & Bailey. “Aero View of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, 1913.” Bird’s-eye. New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1913. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Map - Windsor Locks,” 1859. Connecticut History Online, University of Connecticut Libraries, Archives & Special Collections. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of Windsor Locks, Conn. 1877.” Bird’s-eye. Boston, MA: Bailey & Company, 1887. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Windsor Locks - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2013. Link.

Books

Palshaw, Thomas C. Bradley Field: The First 25 Years. Windsor Locks, CT: The New England Air Museum, 2011.
Stiles, Henry. The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington. 1635-1891. Genealogies and Biographies. Vol. 2. Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1891. Link.
Stiles, Henry. The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington. 1635-1891. History. Vol. 1. Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1891. Link.
Windsor Locks Historical Society. The Story of Windsor Locks, 1663-1976. Windsor Locks,  CT: Windsor Locks Historical Society, 1976.
Stansfield, Leslie. Windsor Locks. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2003.
Giannuzzi, Maria. Windsor Locks Canal. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2007.
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