Okay, Okay… I know the spelling’s different. Don’t shoot me. I’m new at this.
But really, isn’t it interesting how names of things come about? Danbury’s history, famously, and inconspicuously, is somewhat documented on the horizontal green signs adorning each corner of our fair city.
Ives Street: that’s an easy one, Charles Ives being one of Danbury’s biggest contributions to the globe, ever. But who was Balmforth, for instance, I wonder. Or Hakim? Or why did Myrtle get an avenue? Does anybody know?
We can figure out Main, West, South, North Streets pretty easily. But, so what if Downs Street is on a hill, don’t folks have to go “Ups” it also?
The streets in the subdivision I live in are largely monikered for the developer’s daughters. And so by virtue of Dad’s success, the girls live on in my cozy corner of the city.
What really got me thinking about this was the hat factories, the people attached to them, and how many streets they got representation on. The longest-standing factory was Mallory. Danbury does have a Mallory St. which I delightedly crossed as a kid several times a week en route to spending my money on candy at the market on Henry Street (Who’s Henry, BTW?) with my friends. We have a Benedict Ave. undoubtedly named for Zadoc Benedict, who was responsible for starting the Hat City craze in 1780. Lee Hat Factory was another important hat factory. Does Lee Farm, that beautiful hilltop garden which hosts the corporate park, and proposed future U.S. Army Reserve while keeping its rolling eyes on the Danbury airport harken back to THAT Lee family? One has to wonder. Crofut was another name in Danbury hatting, and yes, (Virginia), there is a Crofut Street.
What street do you live on? Do you have any insight to how the name of yours, or other streets in town were conceived? Let us know.
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