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MOODUS CENTER BEFORE THE FIRE

In 1906 the center of Moodus suffered a great loss when a fire burned much of it to the ground on Sunday morning, January 28th. The East Haddam Historical Society's collection of historic photographs of Moodus Center includes these views of the disappeared mill town.
Music_Hall_Moodus_Burned_1906.jpg (59040 bytes) The Music Hall was one of the buildings lost in the 1906 fire that destroyed Merchant's Row. Purple & Silliman Store Moodus Burned 1906.jpg (78481 bytes) Purple and SIlliman was housed in this building. Upstairs was a Probate Office.
TR Spencer Store Moodus Burned 1906.jpg (63372 bytes) The T.R. Spencer Store also burned in the fire. Ruins Moodus Center 1906 Fire.jpg (94815 bytes) The ruins of the Music Hall, Purple and Silliman, and the Spencer Store after the fire.
WA Fuller Dry Goods Moodus 1880.jpg (121670 bytes) W.A. Fuller Dry Goods used this business card in 1880     
       

A RENEWED MOODUS IN THE EARLY 1900s

It didn't take long to rebuild the center. The thriving mill town's immigrant workers, its mill owners and local farmers, powered a thriving Moodus economy in the early 20th Century.
Main St. Moodus 1910.jpg (137870 bytes) This view from the  bridge over the Moodus River shows the lower Brownell mill and the Machimoodus House. Moodus Center & Green 1911.jpg (114045 bytes) Looking at Merchant's Row from the town green in 1911.
Merchants Row Moodus Early 1900s.jpg (107150 bytes) Merchant's Row in the early 1900s. Note the hitching posts and the dirt roads. The green is on the right.    
       

GROWTH OF "DOWNTOWN" THROUGH THE 1950s

Soon the dirt roads were tarred. Merchant's Row prospered with the burgeoning Moodus economy in the first half of the 20th Century. Town prosperity was now driven by farming and tourism, rather than the mill businesses of an earlier time.
Main St Moodus from Texaco 1930s.jpg (86637 bytes) This 1950s view of Merchant's Row  as seen from just past the Texaco station. First National & Bills Moodus Center.jpg (52947 bytes) A circa 1940s view of First National and BIll's Soda Shop.
Moodus Center Looking East 1940s.jpg (102127 bytes) First National, Bill's Soda Shop, Weinstein's and Lou's Package Store are in this 1950s photo. The road signs in the background point to the many  resorts in town. US Post Office & Main St Moodus.jpg (66739 bytes) Pear's Dry Goods and the U.S. Post Office in this 1940s view.
Machimoodus House.jpg (90684 bytes) Machimoodus House hotel was just down the road from the center. The location now hosts a Moodus Farms convenience store. Aerial_View_Moodus.jpg (65592 bytes) An aerial view of Main St. (Rte. 149) vicinity in the 1950s.
     

THE 1960s DESTRUCTION OF MOODUS CENTER

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OLD MOODUS CENTER
BACK IN THE DAY


From the Early 1900s
to Its Teardown

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