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Putnam is a town in Windham Countymarker, Connecticutmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 9,002 at the 2000 census.

History

Oak Hill about 1911
Putnam, originally known as Aspinock, then part of Killinglymarker, is a New Englandmarker mill town incorporated in 1855. Created from sections of Killingly, Pomfretmarker and Thompsonmarker, the town was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam.

Putnam was a key contributor in providing clothing and other goods to the Civil War soldiers. There were numerous mills and a train ran through the town, providing transportation for the goods being produced.

On August 19, 1955, Putnam was devastated by floods from torrential downpours caused by two hurricanes, which hit Connecticut within the span of a week. Hurricane Connie affected Connecticut on August 13, dropping between four and six inches (152 mm) of rain across the state. Hurricane Diane soaked the state with of rain on August 18-19. The result was flooding in many of the state's rivers, including the Quinebaug River. The resulting torrent of water destroyed homes, businesses and factories. Floating magnesium barrels burst, lighting up the night. The railroad bed was washed away.

Toward the end of the twentieth century, the town took advantage of the empty mills and underutilized downtown commercial buildings to develop a large antique center. Antique shops line Main Street and other areas in town. People travel great distances to shop in these stores.

In 2006, the town made national news after an individual was shot twice by masked robbers while waiting in a group overnight outside of a local Wal-Martmarker for the release of the Playstation 3 video game console. The alleged perpetrators were apprehended.

Putnam was also the unlikely base of operations for the All-Russian Fascist Organization, a pre-war Russianmarker emigre group that advocated fascism for the country under Anastasy Vonsyatsky.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (52.8 km²), of which, 20.3 square miles (52.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.54%) is water. The town is drained by the Quinebaug River. Putnam has a common boundaries with Thompson on the north (approx. 6 mi.), with Rhode Island on the east (approx. 2 mi.), with Killingly on the south (approx. 7 mi.) and with Pomfret and Woodstock on the west (approx. 4 mi.).

The town is crossed by Interstate 395, U.S. Route 44, Connecticut Route 12, Connecticut Route 21marker and Connecticut Route 171.

Notable residents

Putnam Town Hall bell, now in Rotary Park


Demographics

As of the census of 2006, there were 8,998 people, 3,683 households, and 2,290 families residing in the town. The population density was 443.6 people per square mile (171.3/km²). There were 3,955 housing units at an average density of 194.9/sq mi (75.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.32% White, 1.30% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 3,683 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,010, and the median income for a family was $53,460. Males had a median income of $37,390 versus $26,558 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,597. About 4.8% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Historic pictures

Image:PostcardPutnamCTOldRailroadDepot1906.jpg|"Old" railroad depot, 1906Image:PostcardPutnamCTTrainDepot1905.jpg|"New" train station, about 1905Image:PostcardPutnamCTSouthMainStreet1906.jpg|South Main Street about 1906Image:School Street, Putnam, CT.jpg|School Street about 1910

Schools

Israel Putnam School, ca. 1907
  • Public
    • Putnam Elementary School — K-5th grade
    • Putnam Middle School — 6th-8th grade
    • Putnam High School — 9th-12th grade


  • Private
    • Saint Mary School — Private school for K-8th grade, based on members of nearby St. Mary's Catholic Church.
    • Putnam Science Academy — Private school for students in Grades 9-12 wanting to further their education in the world of science.
    • Tri-State Christian Academy (grades K-8)


National competitions

  • Putnam Science Academy has entered and won the Connecticut Science Olympiad for four years in a row (2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008).
  • Erkin Ahmedi and Deniz Secilmis won 4th place for Putnam Science Academy in Entomology at the 2006 National Science Olympiad hosted at Indiana University.


Sports

Putnam High School's athletic programs, nicknamed the Clippers, have captured four Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference State Championships in several sports. The Putnam High football team defeated Haddam-Killingworth 20-14 for the 1994 Class S Championship. The Clippers lost championship games to Ansonia in 1984 and to Trinity Catholic in 1993. The Putnam boys basketball team won the Class S championship in 1986 against Portland 60-58. The team lost the championship game in 1929, 1930, 1956, 1995 and 2006. The Baseball team won the 1985 Class S title, topping Thomaston 7-3. The Clipper Softball team won the 1989 Class S crown, defeating Old Saybrook 7-1. The team finished as the runner up in 1991 and 1992.

See also



References

  1. Feica, Steve. "1 Shot in Conn. Amid PlayStation Mayhem" - Associated Press - (c/o Washington Post) - Friday, November 17, 2006
  2. Oberländer, Erwin. The All-Russian Fascist Party, p. 163
  3. 2007 Division C - State Results - Connecticut Science Olympiad - (Microsoft Excel *.XLS document)
  4. 2008 Division C - State Results - Connecticut Science Olympiad - (Microsoft Excel *.XLS document)
  5. The Connecticut Association of Schools - Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference


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