Historical image of the week



Gary Robbins, professor of geology in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, said this about the photo (dated 1908) above: “The windmill shown is a Halladay windmill.  Daniel Halladay was  from Ellington, Connecticut, and  invented the first windmill that automatically turned to face the wind.  The well was installed by S.B. Church of  Seymour, Connecticut.  Although under different ownership, the company still installs wells. The well was installed in 1895, was about 800 feet deep and pumped water at a rate of 40 gallons per minute.  It was one of the most, if not the most, productive bedrock well of its time in Connecticut.