Clinton was first settled in 1654 as a part of Lancaster. It was officially incorporated as a separate town on March 14, 1850, and named after the DeWitt Clinton Hotel in New York, a favorite place of the town's founders, Erastus Brigham Bigelow and his brother Horatio.
Clinton has access to Route 495 and is 46 miles west north west of Boston. As of the 2017 census the population is approximately 7,150.
Clinton became an industrialized mill town, using the Nashua River as a source for water power. In 1897, construction began on the Wachusett Dam, culminating in the filling of the Wachusett Reservoir in 1908. This flooded a substantial portion of Clinton and neighboring towns, which had to be relocated. A noteworthy feature of the Boston metropolitan public water service was begun in 1896 in the wachusett Lake Reservoir at Clinton. The basin excavated there by ten years of labor, lying 385 ft. above high-tide level of Boston harbor, had a capacity of 63,068,000,000 gallons of water and was the largest municipal reservoir in the world in 1911, yet was only part of a system planned for the service of the greater metropolitan area.
Clinton claims to have the oldest continuously-used baseball field in the world, Full Field, created in 1878.
The Strand Theatre is located in the center of Clinton, Massachusetts, which is northeast of Worcester. The historic theatre dates back to 1924 when it opened as a movie and vaudeville house. It operated until the late-1970’s when it was shuttered for a time. After being renovated, the theatre re-opened in 1995 as a movie theatre with a food bar. A few seats were removed to allow for small low tables to the right or left of seats where food can be placed. Open six days per week with usually one nightly show, the theatre has become a popular and pleasant destination in the area.
Clinton has many small business owners where you can shop for a variety of items, florist, restaurants, bars, auto shops, lawyers and more.
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