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From the Pequot-Mohegan word for “place of swift running water,” Willimantic became a center for water-powered textile mills in the early 19th century.
Although the town calls itself “Thread City,” frogs are its mascot. The giant green statues on Frog Bridge—and the bullfrog on the town seal—hark back to a night in 1754 when villagers heard terrible sounds coming from the woods and, fearing attack, barricaded themselves in their homes. In the morning, they found evidence of a great battle; thousands of bullfrogs had fought and died for a foothold in the drought-stricken millpond.
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