Incorporated in 1806, Meriden was once proposed as the state capital. Although the plan was not implemented, the rural village quickly burgeoned into a major manufacturing center with the advent of the industrial revolution. Meriden advanced to become renowned as the "Silver City." International Silver Company and other key businesses, such as Parker Gun, Manning Bowman, Wilcox and White, and Handel Lamp, made Meriden a familiar name. Home to Gov. Abiram Chamberlain, Arctic explorer Hugh Johnson Lee, opera diva Rosa Ponselle, and baseball's Connie Mack, the city has also long been enlivened by a diverse mixture of immigrants and newcomers. Bordered on the north by dramatic traprock ridges, Meriden has a larger percentage of parklands than any other town in Connecticut, with Hubbard Park its crowning jewel.
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Abiram Chamberlain advertisement Allen Weathers Avenue became Boys Bradley and Hubbard Broad Street building was erected built Castle Craig Chamberlain Highway Charles Parker Church Street city's clock Club Colony Street Congregational Church CONN constructed corner of Colony Courtesy of Allen Courtesy of Meriden Curtis Memorial Library daffodil festival dedicated early postcard East Main factory Forest Stewardship Council former George hall Home Bank honor Hotel Hubbard Park Insilco International Silver Company Interstate 691 known Lamps later left to right Lewis located manufacturing mayor meetinghouse Meriden Britannia Company Meriden High School Meriden native Meriden Record opened original Palace Block photograph was taken pictured postcard view Pratt Street Quinnipiac River railroad razed renamed renovated residents Rosa Ponselle second row served shown Society station structure Today town trolley U.S. Interstate U.S. representative vacant Wallingford Walter Hubbard West Main Street west side Wilcox William World