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West Hartford’s ‘Thursday Throwback’

Courtesy of Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this ‘Thursday Throwback,’ courtesy of the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.

By Ronni Newton

It’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt), and time to take a look back into West Hartford’s past to either stir up some memories, reflect on how much things have changed, or both. And if you have no idea, we love the photo captions, too!

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Most of us were busy eating turkey last Thursday (well, I was busy cooking and cleaning and then eating) so the most recent throwback image (at right and in larger size below) was actually posted as a “Monday Memory.”

The always-astute Rick Liftig immediately recognized the Tudor-style building right down the street from his dental office in Elmwood: “Sure looks like Elmwood’s Fire Station #3 – which looks virtually the same today (except for the holiday decorations),” he commented.

There were many people who commented on Facebook, and although everyone knew this was a firehouse, a few thought it was the station on Brace Road or Prospect Avenue. Char Larsen, Deb Cohen, Lisa Petersen, Gary Holmes, Rob Rowlson, Lisa Sheltz, Christopher Foley, and Gretchen Rothe were all correct that this is the Fire Station #3, which is at 1068 New Britain Ave. in Elmwood. The photo of the station decorated for the holidays was taken in the 1960s.

Courtesy of Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

This week’s image (at right and in larger size below) takes a step further back in time.

What is this building?

Where is/was it located?

When do you think this photograph was taken?

Please share your memories below.

Thank you to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society for providing us with the images. For more information about the organization, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

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Courtesy of Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Fire Station #3 is at 1068 New Britain Ave. in Elmwood. Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

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