Bristol Business and Industry

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Arcadia Publishing, Aug 16, 2010 - Photography - 128 pages
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Bristol was incorporated in 1785 and quickly became recognized as a clock-manufacturing center and home of the E. Ingraham Companys dollar watch. The town grew with the many immigrant workers who arrived to work for local knitting mills, spring companies, and brass manufacturers. By the 1890s, the strong growth of the town brought an influx of people with different skills who established the Bristol Press, banks, local neighborhood shops and markets, and service industries. In 1920, Bristol Nurseries created new varieties of chrysanthemums that eventually made Bristol known as the Mum City. Redevelopment in the 1960s brought the new Bristol Plaza and changes on Farmington Avenue. In 1979, ESPN started its first broadcast in its new home on Middle Street. With the completion of the new Route 72, Bristol will today continue to offer new opportunities for business and industry to grow.
 

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Contents

Title Page
Two EARLY INDUSTRIES
Three PROGRESS
Four FAMILY BUSINESSES
Five THE MERCHANTS AND BUSINESSES
Six AROUND THE TOWN
Seven INFORMING THE PUBLIC
Eight BRISTOL REDEVELOPS
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About the author (2010)

Lynda J. Russell, a resident of Bristol, is the author of Bristol Historic Homes, Plainville, and Lake Compounce. She serves on the board of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol mayors TEAM committee and is a member of the Quota Club.