|• Type||Selectman-Town Meeting|
|• Mayor||Anthony Falzarano (D)|
|• Board of Selectmen||Alma D. Morey, Deputy Mayor
Owen A. Tarr
J. Scott Pempek
Douglas C. Cutler, Jr.
|• Town Administrator||Douglas M. Cutler|
|• State Senator||Donald E. Williams, Jr.
|• State Rep.||Daniel Rovero
|• Total||20.4 sq mi (52.8 km2)|
|• Land||20.3 sq mi (52.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||410 ft (125 m)|
|• Density||472/sq mi (182/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213494|
Putnam, originally known as Aspinock, then part of Killingly, is a New England mill town incorporated in 1855. Created from sections of Killingly, Pomfret, and Thompson, the town was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam.
Putnam was a key contributor in providing clothing and other goods to the Civil War soldiers. There were numerous mills and a train ran through the town, providing transportation for the goods being produced.
On August 19, 1955, Putnam was devastated by floods from torrential downpours caused by two hurricanes, which hit Connecticut within the span of a week. Hurricane Connie affected Connecticut on August 13, dropping between four and six inches (152 mm) of rain across the state. Hurricane Diane soaked the state with 14 inches (360 mm) of rain on August 18–19. The result was flooding in many of the state's rivers, including the Quinebaug River. The resulting torrent of water destroyed homes, businesses and factories. Floating magnesium barrels burst, lighting up the night. The railroad bed was washed away.
Toward the end of the twentieth century, the town took advantage of the empty mills and underutilized downtown commercial buildings to develop a large antique center. Antique shops line Main Street and other areas in town.
In 2006, the town made national news after an individual was shot twice by masked robbers while waiting in a group overnight outside a local Wal-Mart for the release of the PlayStation 3 video game console. The alleged perpetrators were apprehended.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (52.8 km²), of which, 20.3 square miles (52.6 km²) are land and 0.1 square mile (0.3 km²) (0.54%) is water. The town is drained by the Quinebaug River. Putnam has a common boundaries with Thompson on the north (approx. 6 mi.), with Rhode Island on the east (approx. 2 mi.), with Killingly on the south (approx. 7 mi.) and with Pomfret and Woodstock on the west (approx. 4 mi.).
- Putnam District
- Putnam Heights
- East Putnam
- Bruce Boisclair - baseball outfielder
- Henry Breault - decorated sailor
- Brooke Brodack - actress and comedian
- Lewis C. Carpenter - congressman from South Carolina
- John N. Dempsey - Mayor of Putnam, Governor of Connecticut
- Candy LaChance - baseball first baseman
- Richard Normand Langlois - economist and professor
- William St. Onge - Congressman
- Michael Bruce Ross - serial killer
- Bob Schaefer - baseball coach
- Rollie Sheldon - baseball pitcher
- Gertrude Chandler Warner - children's author
As of the census of 2006, there were 8,998 people, 3,683 households, and 2,290 families residing in the town. The population density was 443.6 people per square mile (171.3/km²). There were 3,955 housing units at an average density of 194.9 per square mile (75.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.32% White, 1.30% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.
There were 3,683 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $43,010, and the median income for a family was $53,460. Males had a median income of $37,390 versus $26,558 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,597. About 4.8% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Putnam Elementary School — K-5th grade
- Putnam Middle School — 6th-8th grade
- Putnam High School — 9th-12th grade
- Putnam Science Academy — Private school for students in Grades 9-12 wanting to further their education in the world of science.
- Tri-State Christian Academy (grades K-8)
- Putnam Science Academy has entered and won the Connecticut Science Olympiad for four years in a row (2004–2005, 2005–2006, 2006–2007, and 2007–2008).
- Erkin Ahmedi and Deniz Secilmis won 4th place for Putnam Science Academy in Entomology at the 2006 National Science Olympiad hosted at Indiana University.
Putnam High School's athletic programs, nicknamed the Clippers, have captured four Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference State Championships in several sports. The Putnam High football team defeated Haddam-Killingworth 20-14 for the 1994 Class S Championship. The Clippers lost championship games to Ansonia in 1984 and to Trinity Catholic in 1993. The Putnam boys basketball team won the Class S championship in 1986 against Portland 60-58. The team lost the championship game in 1929, 1930, 1956, 1995 and 2006. The Baseball team won the 1985 Class S title, topping Thomaston 7-3. The Clipper softball team defeated Old Saybrook 7-1 for the 1989 Class S Championship.
- Cady-Copp House - historic home at 115 Liberty Highway and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
- Putnam High School is an historic school on 126 Church Street and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
- Putnam Railroad Station - historic train station at 35 and 45-47 Main Street and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
- Feica, Steve. "1 Shot in Conn. Amid PlayStation Mayhem" - Associated Press - (c/o Washington Post) - Friday, November 17, 2006
- Oberländer, Erwin. The All-Russian Fascist Party, p. 163
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- 2007 Division C - State Results - Connecticut Science Olympiad - (Microsoft Excel *.XLS document)
- 2008 Division C - State Results - Connecticut Science Olympiad - (Microsoft Excel *.XLS document)
- The Connecticut Association of Schools - Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
- Town of Putnam
- Putnam Public Library
- Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam
- Mystic Country: The Eastern Regional Tourism District
- Putnam Science Academy
- Bradley Playhouse
- Putnam CT Web Index
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