Danbury - The Hat City

Danbury - The Hat City (HM1CN7)

Location: Danbury, CT 06810 Fairfield County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 23.7', W 73° 27.166'

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— Danbury, Connecticut —

Although local folklore credits a man by the name of Zadoc Benedict with the start of hatting in Danbury after the Revolutionary War, hatters are thought to have been at work in the Danbury community before that time.
After the Revolutionary War, the hatting industry developed and flourished here due to a ready supply of natural resources. A great quantity of water was needed to make hats and Danbury built the reservoirs needed to hold water for the factories. The railroad created a transportation system that helped the thriving industry and community.
By the 1850s, more hats were made in Danbury than any other place in the United States. Thirty factories were manufacturing five million hats a year in 1887. The city became known as "The Hat Capital of the World," and citizens enthusiastically adopted the words of its motto: "Danbury Crowns Them All."
Great wealth and cultural diversity were byproducts of the hatting trade. An influx of immigrants flocked here to work in the factories. Most people in Danbury owned or worked in businesses that had something to do with the making and selling of hats.
By 1923, only six hat manufacturers were left in Danbury due to costly labor disputes and financial reversals. Factories began to cease operations or move their business elsewhere.
By the 1950's, fewer people were buying hats. More time was spent in cars rather than outdoors and people didn't need a hat to stay warm and dry. Fashion and styles changed and hat factories started to close down. The last Danbury hat factory closed in 1987.
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HM NumberHM1CN7
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Marker Number13
Placed ByDanbury Museum & Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 7:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629346 N 4583762
Decimal Degrees41.39500000, -73.45276667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.7', W 73° 27.166'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 42.00" N, 73° 27' 9.96" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 241 Main St, Danbury CT 06810, US
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