Bethel, Connecticut

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Bethel is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, about sixty miles from New York City. Its population was estimated at 18,760 in 2005.[1] In the 2000 Census, the town center was defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP). The core area of the town center has also been designated as a historic district.

The town is near Interstate 84 and has a train station on the Danbury Branch of Metro-North's New Haven line.

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History

Bethel was first settled around 1700. The first houses built in Bethel were in the 1730s or 1740s; they are located at 27 Grassy Plain Street and 63 Grassy Plain Street .[2] For 96 years, until its secession in 1855, Bethel was a parish of Danbury. The name "Bethel" means "House of El (God)".

On the National Register of Historic Places

Historic pictures

Bird's eye view, ca. 1910

P.T. Barnum Fountain, ca. 1914

Greenwood Avenue, ca. 1909

South Street, ca. 1910

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 16.9 square miles (43.7 km²), of which, 16.8 square miles (43.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.53%) is water. The CDP corresponding to the town center has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km2), none of which is water.

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