HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Incorporated in 1686, Waterbury was named after its many rivers, ponds, and swamps. The area was previously named Mattatuck, after the Indian name Matetacoke, meaning "place without trees.
THE BRASS CITY: The process of brass spinning was patented in Waterbury in 1851 by Hiram Washington Hayden. Waterbury was a leading manufacturer of brass in the 19th century, but the industry collapsed after World War II, when cheaper materials became popular.
DID YOU KNOW? Clockmaking was an another important industry in Waterbury from the mid-19th to the mid- 20th century. Waterbury Clock, now Timex, produced the first Mickey Mouse clocks and watches under license from Walt Disney in the 1930s.
BORN IN WATERBURY: Actor Bob Crane, of Hogans Heroes; photographer Annie Leibovitz; Watergate Judge John Sirica; and tattoo artist Darren Brass of TLCS reality show Miami Ink.
Sources: Connecticut Place Names, Connecticut Firsts, City of Waterbury website; TIMEXPO, The Timex MuseumCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times