First settled in 1735 by Ebenezer Lyman Jr of Durham, Connecticut, early settlers resided on the hills west of the Naugatuck River where the first school, store, and tavern were built. The eastern hill of Torringford was likewise settled as it provided the best farmland.
Torrington was given permission to organize a government and was incorporated as a town in 1740.
The fast-moving waters of the Naugatuck River was used to power early 19th century industries, and industrial economic growth increased exponentially when Frederick Wolcott constructed a woolen mill there in 1813. The mill attracted a large workforce and created demands for housing, services, and goods.
Between 1880 and 1920, the population of Torrington exploded, rising exponentially from 3, 000 to 22, 000 in the four decades between the aforementioned years, boosted by immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe, mainly consisting of Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, and Italians.
The process of condensing milk was invented by Gail Borden, who opened a factory there in 1857, and the new product proved valuable, especially to soldiers in the ensuing Civil War that started just three years later.
The instigator of that bloody conflict, John Brown, was born in Torrington in 1800.
Torrington was incorporated a city in 1923.
Gail Borden was inspired to develop a process for condensing milk - taking it much more easy to store unspoiled for periods of time - after witnessing the deaths of several children whilst returning on a ship back to the U.S. from a trip to England in 1851. With less than a year of schooling and training, he eventually succeeded. We here at SURE LOCK & KEY applaud Mr Borden’s efforts and memory, and feel we are much like him in respect of being motivated (although not by such tragedy as he personally observed) to contribute to society with a product of real service and benefit to the community; in our case, it’s providing the very best local residential, commercial, and automotive locksmith services near you, not only to the good people of Torrington and surrounding area, but also across the great state of Connecticut.