HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Incorporated in 1686,
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
Hayden. Waterbury was a leading manufacturer of brass in the 19th century, but the industry collapsed after
, 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
clocks and watches under license from
in the 1930s.
BORN IN WATERBURY: Actor
, of Hogans Heroes; photographer
; Watergate Judge John Sirica; and tattoo artist Darren Brass of
S reality show Miami Ink.