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West Hartford History: What Street Is This?

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 we also asked "What Street Is This?" and there were two different thoughts, in addition to several comments about the lack of snow in this image.

Rick Liftig correctly said that this was a challenge, but made a very educated guess: "It looks like this was taken in the 1920s. The workers are wearing hats and suspenders! There are no modern construction vehicles in sight either. It's a wide street - my guess is Boulevard looking to the East (no mountain in the background). I see slate roofs on the two houses closest to the photographer and the key may be the mirror image houses being constructed in the middle of the perspective. So my guess is that we are looking towards South Main Street on Boulevard."

Dianne Rechel thought it was North Quaker Lane.

This was definitely a tough one, and no one got it right. The official answer from the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society is: "This is Washington Circle during the construction of homes. The population of West Hartford grew from 4,808 to 24,941 between 1910 and 1930 leading to the need for additional housing. Located in the Park Road neighborhood, this street of two-family houses was developed in the early 1920’s as residential development continued to expand out along the main roads."

Phil Cohen February 19, 2013 at 06:10 PM
South Quaker
Kyle February 21, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Love these old photos. I don't know where this one was taken, but there seem to be some clues to work with. First, the very flat topography, which narrows the possible location within West Hartford considerably. It also looks like the street we're looking down ends at an intersection at the center of the photo - there appear to be two houses that would prevent the street from continuing. Thanks for posting, Ronni.

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