Manchester, CT: 06040 - 06045
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About Manchester Connecticut:
Manchester is home to one hospital, the Manchester Memorial Hospital.
Manchester is also home to Manchester Community College; a two-year community college that offers general education classes during the summer; and East Catholic High School; a highly rated parochial school.
Manchester is also known for The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, an enclosed shopping mall, The Plaza at Buckland Hills and the nearby strip mall, Buckland Plaza. In the last decade, the area surrounding the mall, which extends into the town of South Windsor, has been blanketed with numerous big box shopping outlets and plazas and quickly transformed into a shopping hub for the state's residents.
Manchester is perhaps most famous for its incredibly popular Manchester Road Race which is held every Thanksgiving Day. The race has over 10,000 participants yearly, as well as thousands of spectators. For New Englanders, it is second in popularity only to the Boston Marathon.
Manchester was settled by colonists around 1672 as a farming community. The many rivers and brooks provided power for paper, lumber and textile industries, and the town quickly evolved into an industrial center. The town of Hartford once included the land now occupied by the towns of Manchester, East Hartford, and West Hartford. In 1783, East Hartford became a separate town, which included Manchester in its city limits until 1823.
In 1838, the Cheney family started what became the world's largest silk mill. Eventually, Manchester became an ideal industrial community. The mills, houses of the owners, and homes of the workers are now part of a National Historic Landmark District.
- Interstate 84 runs East/West in the Northern section of town between the borders of East Hartford and Vernon.
- Interstate 384 spurs from I-84 in the Western section of Manchester and runs the width of town in the East/West direction to the Bolton town line.
- Interstate 291 spurs from I-84 in the Western section of town and runs Northwest to the South Windsor border.
All three interstates share a complicated interchange near the town's border with East Hartford.
Route 44 enters town from the West at the border with East Hartford on West Middle Turnpike. Less than a mile from the town line, Route 44 is joined by Route 6 which enters Manchester concurrently with I-84. Routes 6 & 44 run concurrently through town along West Middle Turnpike, Center St., East Center St., East Middle Turnpike, and New Bolton Rd. The Routes exit town to the East at the Bolton town line.
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