West Hartford History: What Is This Marker For?

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this photo from the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo. The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

Last week's question was "What Sport Did These Men Play?" and the featured photo was taken from the Newton family archives, which are housed in my office. If I had not had access to the caption that went with the photo, I would have had no idea what these men were doing, but others knew immediately.

Lew Block and John Maloney immediately guessed that they were polo players, but did not guess the significance of the letter "A" on their shirts.

From left to right, Capt. M.A. Wilson, Lt. Richard P. Gowdy, and Sgt. Russell H. Newton (my husband's grandfather) were part of the West Hartford Troop A Polo team. This photo appeared in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 27, 1930, and was taken after the team had completed a polo match against the Long Island Polo Club at the Cavalry Armory in West Hartford.

John Maloney July 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I believe this is located at the corner of 4 Mile Rd and Farmington Ave..Soooo I will assume it's a milage marker.Is it four miles from the Hartford line or 4 miles to the Farmington town line? Hmmmm Maybe a trolly marker?? Ya got me on this one!
Rick Liftig July 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Correct John! The marker also serves as a great impromptu history lesson for Brownies, Cub scouts and their parents at every Memorial Day parade! The marker is four miles from the Old State House.
amystery726 July 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Marker for distance to State Capitol.
amystery726 July 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Old State House
Maura Walsh-O'Brien July 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
4 mile road marker...4 miles to the old Isle of Safety in Hartford, which was near where the Old State House.
Thomas Cote July 16, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The reason the road is Four Mile Road. A mile marker from the early days, predating the town. It was placed when this was the "West District of Hartford".
Don Kauke July 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM
And if you check the marker today, a very pretty garden now surrounds the stone and the protective pipe has been removed. A very nice touch!
Dianne Rechel July 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
And do you know where the Isle of Safety is now?
Rick Liftig July 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I believe that the Isle of Safety is at the Enfield Trolley Museum.
Rick Liftig July 18, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Pardon my error, the trolley museum is in East Windsor.


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