History of the Silver City Shines in New Book. Local author chronicles dynamic past of Connecticut’s charming Meriden


Named the “Silver City” and later the “Ideal War Community” during World War II, Meriden quickly burgeoned into a major manufacturing center with the advent of the industrial revolution.

The city has also long been enlivened by a diverse mixture of immigrants and newcomers. Bordered on the north by dramatic traprock ridges, Meriden has a larger percentage of parklands than any other town in Connecticut, with Hubbard Park its crowning jewel.

In a new pictorial history book from Arcadia Publishing, local author Janis Leach Franco uses historic photographs to take readers on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.

Highlights of Meriden:

  • Features snapshots from 1864 through the 20th century

  • Showcases the ever-changing city against the never-changing backdrop of the Hanging Hills

  • Contains images of historic houses, factories, banks, pharmacies, restaurants, theaters, grocery stores, bookstores, confectioneries and an old department store

  • Spotlights two important city symbols, Castle Craig and The Traffic Tower

  • Explains why Meriden is known as the “Silver City” – including information about Silver International Co. and its predecessor Meriden Britannia Co.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers at www.amazon.com

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.