History of Hamden

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Creation of Sleeping Giant

170,000,000 BC

Sleeping Giant was formed from a volcanic eruption

Native American Arrival

6,000 BC

Native American occupation of east shore of Quinnipiac River

Arrival of English Settlers

4/24/1638

English settlers arrived to settle on grounds of Quinnipiac Indians

Treaty Signed Between English and Indians

11/24/1638

Chiefs of Quinnipiac signed a treaty with English settlers, splitting the lands

Hamden Became a Town

1786

CT General Assembly granted permission for Hamden to incorporate as a town

Creation of First Factory in Hamden

1798

Eli Whitney established the first factory in Hamden, a firearms factory on the Mill River

First Major Infrastructure in Hamden

1847

First major infrastructure to be built in Hamden was the New Haven and Northampton Railroad, now known as the Farmington Canal

Creation of Dam on Lake Whitney

1860

Eli Whitney Jr constructed a dam on Lake Whitney, establishing the first reservoir for the newly created New Haven Water Company

Germans Immigrated to Hamden

1860

German immigrants immigrated to Highwood area