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Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, located halfway between New Haven and Hartford. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 60,868.History18th centuryMeriden was originally part of Wallingford. It was granted a separate meetinghouse in 1727, became a town in 1806 with over 1000 residents, and incorporated as a city in 1867 with just under 9000 residents. It was once proposed as the Connecticut state capital. It was named for the town of Meriden, West Midlands, England, near Birmingham. Popular myth also states that it is named after the Merry Den tavern that may have been located near present-day U.S. Route 5.The oldest house in town still standing, built by Solomon Goffe in 1711, became a museum in 1986, the Solomon Goffe House.19th century-WWIIIn the 1800s, Meriden became a manufacturing center of note, with several companies forming, or relocating to the city, including the Meriden Britannia Company (a predecessor of the International Silver Company with corporate HQ in Meriden), C.F. Monroe Company (1892-1916), Parker Gun, Manning Bowman Company (1849-1945), the Miller Company (1844–present), Wilcox and White, Handel Lamp Company (1864-1936), and the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company (1852-1940). Meriden earned the nickname "Silver City", due to the large number of cutlery and related products which were manufactured there by companies such as International Silver and Meriden Cutlery. During this time, several mansions and houses of note were built, particularly on Broad Street.
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