Kenosia & Candlewood

Kenosia & Candlewood (HM1CN9)

Location: Danbury, CT 06810 Fairfield County
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N 41° 23.645', W 73° 27.123'

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- The Museum in the Streets -

— Danbury, Connecticut —

Lake Kenosia, said to originate from a Native American word meaning pike or pickerel, is part of the Still River waterway. This popular local park has always played an historic role as a recreational gathering place for Danbury residents.
In his book, The History of Danbury 1684-1896, James M. Bailey wrote, "Lake Kenosia, now a popular summer resort for the people of Danbury was known in the old days as Mill Plain Pond. Many of the older residents can remember boating upon the lake in the moonlit evenings or enjoying picnics under the shade of the trees along its bank."
In 1895, Danbury & Bethel Street Railway tracks brought visitors to Kenosia Amusement Park that boasted a merry-go-round, a wooden roller coaster and a resort hotel. The park earned the title "Danbury's Coney Island."
Shortly after a fire in 1926 destroyed the hotel, residents began to flock to the newly created Candlewood Lake.
The Connecticut Light & Power Company created a major attraction in the city and surrounding towns when it dammed the Rocky River. Construction of a huge pipeline from the Housatonic River created a reservoir that would supply hydroelectric power to the region. Along the shores of the 80-square mile lake, the largest body of fresh water in Connecticut, communities developed and attracted boaters, fisherman, swimmers and summer residents.
In 1948, a small section became a town park for the enjoyment of all the citizens of Danbury and visitors alike.
HM NumberHM1CN9
Marker Number2
Placed ByDanbury Museum & Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:43pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629408 N 4583661
Decimal Degrees41.39408333, -73.45205000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.645', W 73° 27.123'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 38.70" N, 73° 27' 7.38" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 198 Main St, Danbury CT 06810, US
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