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About Collinsville Connecticut:
Collinsville is a census-designated place (CDP) with a population of 2,686 at the 2000 census.
Collinsville is located in the southeastern part of Canton, CT and was built around The Collins Company axe factory, a world renowned manufacturer of edge tools, such as; axes, machetes, picks and knives. Their machetes were the brand of choice in South America. Collins tools were used almost exclusively for the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and axes and picks made their way across the country to be used in the California Gold Rush. Admiral Peary carried Collins tools to the North Pole.
Typical of New England mills, the Collins Company axe factory was sited on a river and their production was powered by utilizing the water's strength to turn turbines and power machines. The numerous old buildings ramble along the riverbanks intertwined by an intricate maze of sluices that run throughout the site. The company closed its doors in 1966, but the factory buildings are now home to an eclectic mixture of tenants, including antiques, office, artists, woodworkers and a dance studio. The ambiance of Main Street reflects period architecture with ornate details from the turn of the century.
Collinsville was voted one of the top 10 'coolest' places to visit in the U.S. in an article in the September issue of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine.
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