Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Canonchet Park & Depot Hill

Looking Northwest from Canonchet Park in the late 1880s. To the left in the background Merrick Company Mills, City Hall (center) and the Mt.Tom range. Canonchet Park was located on what was known as Depot Hill.

Canonchet Park was located in the area that was bordered by Pequot, Oneco and Samoset streets (Pequot Street was eliminated to make way for  construction of McNally Field)

The streets were named after Indian tribes and just north of Canochet was one of the major Indian archeology digs which was organized by William J. Howes. A section of where the park was situated is now Deroy Park, located in front of the Marcella Kelly School.

A view of the city looking east from Depot Hill. To the right of the picture looking up Dwight Street are the Hotels Jess and Hamilton, and  further up, the Windsor. Also visible on the northeast corner of High Street is the original Second Congregational Church.

A view of the corner of Main & Dwight streets from Depot Hill in the late 1890s.

This photo was taken in front of the Look-Out  platform near the area where the not yet constructed foot bridge that served as a short cut to the flats for over a century was located.


fmward said...

Do you know what year the footbridge from Main St to Depot Hill was torn down?

Redtelephone66 said...

The footbridge was torn down sometime in the early 2000s after years of being closed due to being unsafe for use.

fmward said...

Thanks. I took a picture of the footbridge in 2006. It was gone when I returned around 2008 so I am guesstimating 2007.