September 23 - Historical Society Researcher Paul Saubestre and other History Room volunteers met today with representatives of Connecticut Department of Transportation at Milestone V, on Whitney Aveue opposite Buell Street, in order to make it more visible and to try to determine why it has listed so dramaticallly since a photo of it was taken in the mid-1970s. CLICK HERE!
It was first photographed at the turn of the last century. During the next twelve decades, the Door Tree fascinated and enchanted countless Hamdenites and many others. It was an oddity of nature: two trees, one growing into another, forming a doorway-like arch.
Longtime Hamden Historian Rachel Hartley devoted a page to its photo in The History of Hamden Connecticut - 1796-1936 (1943). It was featured several times in Ripley's "Believe it or Not." It was a Hamden treasure.
Sometime in the very recent past, vandals took a chain saw, brought it down, then cut it up.
Quinnipiac University student Shayla Colon presents wonderful multi-media portrait of how Hamden has evolved, from colonial times to the present day. She has conducted interviews with several longtime Hamden residents who tell their stories of growing up in Hamden. Check it out.
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