World War Monument, Naugatuck

World War Monument, Naugatuck
– Dave Pelland, CTMonuments.net

The town of Naugatuck, located in New Haven County, spans both sides of the Naugatuck River and lies just south of Waterbury. Incorporated as a town in 1844, it became, in 1895, the only town in Connecticut that is both a consolidated borough and a town. Settled in 1701 as a rural farming community, Naugatuck became, like other area towns in the 19th century, a bustling industrial center. It was known primarily for its rubber production and for manufacturing naugahyde, a synthetic leather material. Today, Naugatuck is largely a bedroom community and is known for its impressive town common that features eleven commissions designed by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White.

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Places

Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “Larkin State Park Trail,” 2012. Link.
“Naugatuck Historical Society,” 2016. Link.
Railroad Museum of New England. “Naugatuck Railroad,” 2016. Link.

Documents

“Map - North Part of New Haven Co., Connecticut from Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut.” Boston, MA: D.H. Hurd & Company, 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Naugatuck - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2015. Link.
“Naugatuck Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of Naugatuck, Conn. 1877.” Boston, MA: Bailey & Company, 1877. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of Naugatuck, Conn. 1907.” New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1907. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.

Books

Green, Constance. History of Naugatuck, Connecticut. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1948.
Rockey, J. L., ed. History of New Haven County, Connecticut. Vol. 2. New York: W. W. Preston, 1892. Link.
Pape, William J. History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Vol. 1. Chicago; New York: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918. Link.
Naugatuck Historical Society, and Dana Blackwell. Naugatuck. Dover,  NH: Arcadia, 1996.
Gagliardi, Ron. Naugatuck Revisited. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2004.
Bronson, Henry. The History of Waterbury, Connecticut the Original Township Embracing Present Watertown and Plymouth, and Parts of Oxford, Wolcott, Middlebury, Prospect and Naugatuck. Waterbury, CT: Bronson Brothers, 1858. Link.