Thomaston, Connecticut


Thomaston, Connecticut

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Thomaston, Connecticut
settlement_type = Town


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map_caption = Location in Connecticut
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1875
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government_type = Selectman-town meeting


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subdivision_type = NECTA
subdivision_name = Hartford
subdivision_type1 = Region
subdivision_name1 = Central Naugatuck Valley
leader_title = First selectman
leader_name = Maura E. Martin
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area_total_km2 = 31.6
area_land_km2 = 31.1
area_water_km2 = 0.6
area_total_sq_mi = 12.2
population_as_of = 2005
population_total = 7938
population_density_km2 = 255
population_density_sq_mi = 662
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
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elevation_m = 136
elevation_ft = 446
latd = 41 |latm = 40 |lats = 15 |latNS = N
longd = 73 |longm = 04 |longs = 57 |longEW = W
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postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 06778, 06787
website = http://www.thomastonct.org/
area_code = 860
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 09-75730
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Thomaston is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 7,503 at the 2000 census.

History

The town, originally part of Plymouth, Connecticut, and referred to as 'Plymouth Hollow' was first settled in the early 1700s. It was incorporated in its own right and under the name 'Thomaston' in 1875. The name derives from Seth Thomas, the early clockmaker, who established a factory in town. The Seth Thomas clock factory building still exists, however the clock making industry has long since left the state and eventually the country.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total size of 12.2 square miles (31.7 km²). 12.0 square miles (31.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (1.80%) is water.

The town is located at the confluence of the Naugatuck River, Northfield Brook and Black Rock Brook, and is protected by Army Corps of Engineers flood control dams on each of these watercourses. These were all constructed in the years immediately following the devastating flood of 1955 which ravaged the town as well as the state in general.

Principal communities

*Reynolds Bridge
*Business District
*Highwood Farms
*Hickory Hill
*Valley View

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,503 people, 2,916 households, and 2,067 families residing in the town. The population density was 624.7 people per square mile (241.2/km²). There were 3,014 housing units at an average density of 251.0/sq mi (96.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.60% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

There were 2,916 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,297, and the median income for a family was $63,682. Males had a median income of $40,795 versus $31,744 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,799. 4.2% of the population and 3.3% of families were below the poverty line. Of the total population, 5.8% of those under the age of 18 and 4.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Transportation

The Route 8 expressway runs along the Naugatuck River in the eastern part of town and has three exits in Thomaston. Other state highways in the town are Route 6, Route 109, Route 222, and Route 254.

chools

Thomaston is home to Thomaston High School, a school with roughly 500 students. It is also home to Black Rock Elementary School and Thomaston Center School.

Landmarks

Railroad Museum of New England

Notable people, past and present

*Thomas James Reeves (1895-1941) born in Thomaston, , was a US Navy radioman killed during the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Reeves (DE-156) was named in his honor.
*Seth Thomas (1785 – 1859) was a famous 19th century American clock maker and pioneer of mass production. The town is named after him.

External links

* [http://www.munic.state.ct.us/THOMASTON/thomaston.htm Town government Web site]
* [http://www.artsnwct.org/ Northwest Connecticut Arts Council]
* [http://www.litchfieldhills.com/app/index.jsp Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau]


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