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After inventing the cotton gin, Eli Whitney moved to Hamden in 1798 to harness the power of the Mill River. Whitney had obtained a contract to provide 10,000 muskets to the government before ever producing a single firearm. Innovations at his armory included water-driven machinery, the use of interchangeable parts and a model housing project for his workers; the contract was fulfilled in 10 years. Whitney's son later used the Mill River to provide New Haven with its first public water supply.
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