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2 Welcome To a wonderful, fun-filled family-oriented evening A Magic Show with Michael Paul!

3 A Fundraiser For The Windsor Locks Preservation Associations Save The Train Station Project

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5 Thank You To Our Event Sponsors! Welcome to another wonderful evening filled with family-oriented fun A Magic Show with Michael Paul!

6 Thank You To Our Program Advertisers! Markowski Dental Windsor Locks Heating & Cooling The 1st National Bank of Suffield Joes Bass, Bait & Tackle Charles S Carillo Agency, Inc.

7 Thank You To Our Program Advertisers! Elmore Design Collaborative Chestnut Oak Associates Phils Automotive Scata's Auto & Truck Repairs La Notte Restaurant American Ecumenical Catholic Church

8 Thank You To Our Program Advertisers! Chiropractic Health Centers Enfield Animal Hospital Hair Styles Unlimited Bacher Corporation Dr. John T. Barrett DDS Healthy Smiles Dental Care - Dr. Chris Kim DMD

9 T & S Sporting Goods Inc. Fahey, Landolina & Associates St. Mary Church Smalley Brothers VFW Post 6123 Bobby G's Old Fashioned Service

10 Thank You To Our Raffle Donors! Lincoln Financial GroupNapa Auto Parts Cracker Barrel - East WindsorAhlstrom Stop & Shop – WindsorShaws Geisslers - East WindsorRed Robin – Enfield Panera Bread – EnfieldSkooters Daleys FloristThe Donut Kettle

11 Thank You To Our Raffle Donors! New England Air MuseumTastefully Simple Joes Bass, Bait & TackleNancy OKonis National AmusementsColonial Printers Boston Market - BloomfieldSofias Restaurant Alaimo & Barile Real EstateQuiznos Subs Big Y – East WindsorT G I Fridays

12 Thank You To Our Raffle Donors! Creative Clips Pet SalonDorothy Musiol Dairy Cream at BradleyRobins Nest Crafts Dari Delite - East WindsorJoan Levitan Hair Styles UnlimitedAnnie Raasch Watch Me Now – Cathy Simonea Montgomery Wholesale Florist

13 Thank You To Our Raffle Donors! Jen DiPoppoBarbara Carlson Bradley BowlBarbara Tarbell Tammy McKayWal Mart Mark Twain HouseRevays Hands on Theraputic MassagePickleworks Basketball Hall of FameStarbucks Swedes JewelersChris Morris

14 Thank You To Our Corporate Sponsors! The following have made financial, product or service contributions to the Save The Train Station Project throughout the 2005 and 2006 season. Elmore Design Collaborative, Inc. Cracker Barrel and the Country Lady of East Windsor Michael Paul Magic The Lawrence Associates

15 CT Trust for Historic Preservation in conjunction with the CT Council on the Humanities C&S Wholesale Grocers Ahlstrom Yankee Signs The following have made financial, product or service contributions to the Save The Train Station Project throughout the 2005 and 2006 season.

16 Thank You To Our Corporate Sponsors! Alaimo & Barile Realtors - Mike Barile T & S Sports Storms & Storms - Attorneys At Law Amherst Railway Society Bearly Visible Design The following have made financial, product or service contributions to the Save The Train Station Project throughout the 2005 and 2006 season.

17 Windsor Locks Preservation Association Our mailing address is: Windsor Locks Preservation Association, Inc. PO Box 158 East Windsor, CT 06088-0158

18 Windsor Locks Preservation Association The Windsor Locks Train Station is a fine example of 1800s Passenger Station architecture - one of the few such stations that remain intact today

19 Train Station Time Line 1844 New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail Road begins offering train service, connecting Windsor Locks with Hartford, Springfield and beyond

20 Train Station construction drawing – 1875

21 Train Station Time Line 1875 Passenger Train Station built by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail Road

22 1891 - June 10 Crowds gather at train station for the grandest day in town's history - dedication of the Soldiers Memorial Hall Hundreds of Civil War Veterans, judges, political figures & countless dignitaries arrive via train and form parade marching through streets to Memorial Hall

23 Passenger Depot – circa 1906

24 Tracks near Dexter Factory – circa 1908

25 Train Station Time Line 1906 - December Crowds gather as guests from all over New England arrive via train to attend the wedding of Thomasine Haskell and George Conant at Ashmere, (the Dexter Coffin mansion) further south on Main Street

26 1938 - September 21 Brick Freight Depot next to Passenger Station blown down during hurricane Though rebuilt, Freight Depot was acquired and demolished in 1960's & 70's during urban renewal project

27 Freight Depot – circa early 1900s

28 Main Street – circa 1915

29 Main Street – circa 1919

30 Hartford & Springfield Street Car #22 This street car is typical of those that traveled through town in the early 1900s

31 Train Station - circa 1920-1930

32 Train Station Time Line 1940's Originally painted Yellow-Cream with Tudor Brown and Forest Green highlights, station is given a thorough clean-up and sand blasted, revealing bare red brick which remains to this day

33 1953-1961 Dwight Eisenhower visited the Windsor Locks Train Station on a whistle stop during his presidency, much to the joy of the townspeople and school children who were let out and gathered at the station

34 Train Station – circa 1967

35 Train Station Time Line 1971 Last boarding passes sold Building closed

36 1975 The Train Station is 100 years old! Slated for demolition, building placed on National Register of Historic Places by The Save The Station Committee, which was formed by Robert Bickford & C. Birbara Sadly, town's redevelopment agency does not pursue acquisition

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38 1975 - January 8 Windsor Locks native, Ella Rose Tambussi Grasso, first woman elected governor in the United States of America, boards train to attend her inauguration in Hartford

39 2000 The train station vandalized by fire. Thankfully, fire is discovered quickly and extinguished

40 2004 - October Windsor Locks Preservation Association founded by Barbara Schley & Mickey Danyluk

41 Train Station exterior - December 2004

42 Train Station interior - December 2004

43 Train Station Time Line 2004 - December Windsor Locks Preservation Association receives 501(c)(3) non-profit status

44 Windsor Locks Train Station December 2004

45 Train Station History The existing abandoned passenger train station was built in 1875 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, some 31 years after the railroad came through Windsor Locks, replacing transportation of goods and people on the Connecticut River and its canal

46 Train Station construction drawing – 1875

47 Rail Road Station and Main Street Circa 1908

48 Train Station exterior - December 2004

49 Train Station History The train station is the sole surviving structure of the mid-19th century Main Street business district of the once quaint industrial village of "Windsor Locks" founded in 1854

50 Main Street – circa 1915

51 Train Station History Many of the products of the mills in town were shipped from the accompanying brick Freight Depot which was destroyed during a hurricane on September 21, 1938 Though rebuilt, the Freight Depot was later acquired for demolition during the urban renewal project of the 1960's through the 1980's

52 Freight Depot – circa early 1900s

53 Train Station History The railroad yard included the Freight Depot, Passenger Station, Water Tower, and Gateman's Shanty A Gatemans Shanty is where a gate tender would be sheltered from the weather, and upon an approaching train, would drop the gate manually to close the route to the canal and river bridges

54 Train Station History The Passenger Train Station was for many years the "front door" to the town The newly arrived, passing the station's thresholds, received their first impressions of Windsor Locks, and their parting glances from the Station

55 From its telegraph office - news from beyond the limits of this riverside town were received The station was a gathering place to receive and send off loved ones, most particularly military servicemen who departed to train for service, and the place to which those who paid the supreme sacrifice were received

56 Train Station - circa 1920-1930

57 Train Station History Military send-offs occurred during: - Spanish-American War - World War I - World War II - Korean Conflict There were many whistle stop visits by war heroes after World War I

58 Crowds gathered at the station on June 10, 1891 for what would be the grandest day ever in the town's history - the dedication of the Soldiers Memorial Hall Hundreds of Civil War veterans, judges, political figures and countless dignitaries arrived via train, and formed a parade marching through the streets of Windsor Locks to the Memorial Hall

59 Main Street – circa 1915

60 Train Station History In December 1906 crowds gathered again as guests from all over New England arrived via train and were transported by carriages to attend the wedding of Thomasine Haskell (grand daughter of Charles Haskell Dexter) and George Conant at Ashmere, the Dexter Coffin mansion further south on Main Street

61 Passenger Depot – circa 1906

62 Train Station History From the Windsor Locks Passenger Station departed Miss Jane Carr, an Irish domestic servant who worked in the mansions of two families here She left to attend to the needs of her nieces and nephews in Ireland, but before returning here, was lost in the Titanic tragedy of April 1912

63 Main Street – circa 1915

64 Train Station History Originally painted a Yellow-Cream with Tudor Brown and Forest Green highlights, the station was neglected and fell into disrepair in the 1920's and 30's In the 1940's a thorough clean up was done and the building was sand blasted, revealing the bare red brick appearance we see today

65 Rail Road Station and Main Street Circa 1908

66 Train Station History Dwight Eisenhower visited Windsor Locks on a whistle stop during his presidency (1953-1961), much to the joy of the townspeople and school children who were let out and gathered at the station

67 Train Station History The last boarding passes were sold about 1971 and the building was closed Slated for demolition, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 (the Station 100th anniversary) by a group called, The Save The Station Committee Sadly, the town's redevelopment agency did not pursue it's acquisition

68 Windsor Locks native, Ella Rose Tambussi Grasso, the first woman elected governor in the United States of America, boarded a Hartford bound train from this very station on January 8, 1975 for her inauguration

69 Train Station – circa 1967

70 Train Station History By the late 1970's the Passenger Station ceased to be a functioning train stop Twice in the past 30+ years, local businessmen attempted to lease and rehabilitate the structure, but their attempts failed

71 Train Station History Although the building has been vacant, neglected and time-worn by the elements; despite surviving arson, the old Train Station has captured the imagination of the townspeople, railroad buffs and travelers, young and old All cherish its appearance - its simple but stunning architecture, and wonder about the tales of people who have come and gone, and the places departed for and arrived from which hang in the space between its walls

72 Train Station exterior – circa 2005

73 Windsor Locks Preservation Association We received 501(c)(3) non-profit status in December 2004 Our goals are to encourage and educate the public and town government on the importance of preservation The Windsor Locks Preservation Association was formed on October 2004

74 Our main focus is to obtain and preserve the Historic Windsor Locks Passenger Train Station Additionally, we have compiled and introduced educational programs into the school system and have encouraged students to become involved in our efforts

75 Train Station Magnets Now Available

76 Windsor Locks Preservation Association Our group has completed a structural study, site work, and cost analysis of the area A site plan for future renovations has been prepared, and an appraisal is in the works

77 Master Site Plan - December 2004

78 Windsor Locks Preservation Association All proceeds from our fundraising efforts go directly to the Save The Train Station project and educational programs To make a donation, join our membership, volunteer, or view our merchandise, call us at 860-798-5376

79 Train Station drawing by Alice Williams

80 Windsor Locks Preservation Association Our mailing address is: Windsor Locks Preservation Association, Inc. PO Box 158 East Windsor, CT 06088-0158

81 Train Station exterior - December 2004

82 Main Street – Windsor Locks – circa 1900


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