In the course of my travels to and fro this Turkey Day - I had to drive over a most curious and wonderful bridge - known as the Frog Bridge, or the Thread City Crossing - connecting Routes 66 and 32 in Willimantic, Connecticut.<br><br><br><br><br><br>The spools represent the city's status as "Thread City." During Willimantic's historical past, it was the home of five major cotton mills.<br><br>As for the frogs - the commemorate Windham's (a nearby town) famous frog fight:<br><br>The following account of is condensed from David E. Phillips' Legendary Connecticut (1984):<br><br>In 1754 Windham's Colonel Eliphalet Dyer raised a local regiment to fight in the French and Indian War. Those left behind felt vulnerable to attack. The Windhamites worst fears seemed realized during a steamy-hot June night when unearthly screams emanated from the darkness: Valiant villagers grabbed muskets and fired blindly into the night.' Some believed that the Day of Judgment had arrived, and gave prayer. Others hid under their beds. .<br><br>The awful truth was revealed at dawn. Several hundred dead and dying bullfrogs were discovered in a dried-up millpond, two miles east of the village center. They had fought to the death in futile attempts to find moisture in the drought-ridden pond. Windham became forever known as the scene of the "Battle of the Frogs."<br>_______________________________________________<br><br>The Frog Bridge has even found it's way into a Zippy The Pinhead strip:<br><br><br><br><br>[color:purple]If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.</font color=purple><br>
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