Threadcity Photo Gallery
Hurricane and Flood of 1938

1938-st_joe.jpg


St. Joseph’s Church Several stunned onlookers cannot believe the damage caused by the September 1938 hurricane. St. Joseph’s Church was built in 1874 for the city’s growing Irish population. It took 50 years for the destroyed church steeple to be replaced


tc-1938-305prospect-b.jpg



305 Prospect St.1938 hurrican damage at 305 Prospect St. (across from what was, at that time, Windham High School)
tc-1938-305prospect.jpg



305 Prospect St.1938 hurrican damage at 305 Prospect St. (across from what was, at that time, Windham High School)
1938-tc-4.jpg


Bill Orange's House1938 hurricane damage to the house of Bill Orange. It was located on the southwest corner of Prospect and Walnut Sts
.




Park StreetPark Street in the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane.  The name of the children may be Blackburn. The house on the far right is 49/51 Park Street. Courtesy of Horace Smith
 
View north on Lebanon Avenue toward Pleasant Street. The house with the tree leaning on it is at the corner of Lebanon Avenue and Hayden St.  Courtesy of Horace Smith




Natchaug Street area during the Flood of 1938
This photo was taken looking eastward from the railroad tracks. The building on the left with the tall smokestack is the Willimantic Wet Wash Laundry on Natchaug Street.



Sodom - Cardinal Square



First Congregational ChurchCorner of Walnut and Valley Streets



Telegraph Shanty1938 Hurricane Photo's Telegraph Shanty. R.R. Crossing Bridge St. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.



Bricktop Road




Packard car dealership
The Packard car dealership building lost its top story in the 1938 hurricane. One story still survives, though greatly remodeled.





First Congregational ChurchThe two dramatic pictures on the left show the Willimantic Congregational Church's steeple toppling during the 1938 hurricane. It had stood since 1870. The picture on the right shows the aftermath



Bridge St. flooding
1938 Hurricane Photos. Bridge St. flooding. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.



Bridge St1938 Hurricane Photos. Bridge St. Willimantic. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.






Willimantic River1938 Hurricane Photos. Willimantic River, flooding. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.



Pleasant St1938 Hurricane Photos. The Southward House. Pleasant St. Willimantic. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.



Willimantic1938 Hurricane Photos. Willimantic. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone..






Lincoln Square (Sodom) looking north on Ash Street.



Windham Town Hall1938 Hurricane Photos. Windham Town Hall. Willimantic. Seen from Main St. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.



Windham Town Hall1938 Hurricane Photos. Windham Town Hall. Willimantic.
Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone. .







Collage of picsHere are more pics of the '38 hurricane from one of the several publications that followed the disaster. Courtesy of Mike Tirone



Bridge St.1938 Hurricane, near to the Bridge Street railroad crossing. The view is looking to the West towards the Windham Manufacturing Company's old cotton mills




Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Roselin Mfg. - 95 Milk StreetThe entire second story of the Roselin Manufacturing Company was destroyed. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Roselin Mfg. - 95 Milk StreetPhoto courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Roselin Mfg. - 95 Milk StreetRoselin Mfg. - 95 Milk Street. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Roselin Mfg. - 95 Milk StreetPhoto courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Roselin Mfg. - 95 Milk StreetPhoto courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Facing mill number 2's back and side (so facing southwest)(location i.d. by Nicholas Khan). Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Windham Rd. Ext./Bates Rd. over the Natchaug, just up from where it goes into the reservoir. (Photo i.d. by Annie Clark)Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



South Windham - RT 203 bridge over the Shetucket River
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Oak Street looking north from Maple AvenueLocation i.d. by Nicholas Khan. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Maple AvenueMaple Ave looking west. 3 Turner St. in the center of the photo and 23 Maple ave. on the far right. I.D. by Nicholas Khan. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/
     

    
 Saint Joseph's Church - Jackson Street

Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/


Stone Row (now called Riverside Drive) looking toward Bridge Street
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



The waterfall, Mill one and 7 West Park street on the hilltop. Today it is a yellow house with a small dormer on the north side.Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. I.D. by Nicholas Khan. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Willimantic River at Jillson Hill

Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



High Street

Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Corner of High and Prospect Streets
.
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Cardinal Square - Sodom
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/





Bridge Street
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Bridge Street
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/



Bridge Street
Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/





Main Street -Looking West from Bridge St.
 (Courtesy of Kathy Perry)