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Timeline along Walkway

A timeline of events significant to West Hartford is found along the outer edge of the Walk of Remembrance. A walk through this memorial is a walk through history.

1672 - West Division established by Hartford property owners

1679 - First homesteader arrives: Stephen Hosmer

1710 - West Division population: 164

1712 - First meeting house built on this site

1713 - First Church of Christ Congregational organized

1716 - First cemetery established

1758 - Noah Webster born

1776 - July 4: Declaration of Independence

1778 - Revolutionary War Hospital Camp established near Talcott Mountain

1789 - United States Constitution adopted

1791 - Bill of Rights adopted

1820 - First Post Office opens in Goodman’s Tavern at Bishops Corner

1850 - West Division population: 1,202

1854 - West Hartford incorporates as a Town

1860 - West Hartford population: 1,296

1863 - Emancipation Proclamation

1867 - Reservoir on Farmington Avenue opens

1870 - XV Amendment: Race no bar to voting rights

1872 - First West Hartford high school opens

1879 - First Independent Fire Company formed: Fountain Hose Company

1880 - West Hartford population: 1,828

1882 - Free Public Library opens

1900 - West Hartford population: 3,186

1911 - First Scout Troop organized

1919 - First Town Manager appointed

1919 - First Police Department organized

1920 - XIX Amendment: Voting rights extended to women

1920 - West Hartford population: 8,854

1921 - First Town Council elected

1926 - First bank opens: West Hartford Trust Company

1931 - First park opens: Fernridge Park

1940 - West Hartford population: 33,776

1941 - December 7th: Pearl Harbor attacked; Gordon H. Sterling killed

1945 - United Nations established

1960 - West Hartford population: 62,382

1971 - XXVI Amendment: Voting age lowered to 18

1980 - West Hartford population: 61,301

2000 - West Hartford population: 61,046

2001 - September 11th: Terrorists attack America

2006 - May 21, 2006: Dedication Day of Connecticut Veterans Memorial