The clock tower, the horse fountain, the Palace Theater, the curved building on Grand and Meadow Streets, abandoned mills, buried rivers, railroads to nowhere-these are some of the familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks of Waterbury. Who built them and why? Waterbury: 1890-1930 is a step back to a time when Waterbury was a major industrial center. Expanding factories were at peak production, churning out enormous quantities of brass products, and the city was struggling to keep pace with its own population explosion. For the residents of the Naugatuck Valley, in the days before shopping malls and highways, downtown Waterbury was the place to go.
Written by John Wiehn and Mark Heiss, residents, history fans, and ephemera collectors, tell the story of Waterbury during a pivotal moment in time. Using vintage postcards, they reveal the time when Waterbury, the Brass City, literally turned brass into gold.