Friday Flashback #252

I hadn’t thought about Westport’s State Police barracks for years.

But within 24 hours, 2 photos of it landed on my screen.

For several decades, State Police Troop G was headquartered in Westport. They occupied a handsome brick building — now the site of Walgreens.

Convenient to both I-95 (via the Connector) and the Merritt Parkway (Roseville Road), their sirens sometimes gave local drivers a scare. But — as “staties” — they didn’t care about us. They used our roads to race to more important places.

Troop G moved to Bridgeport in the 1980s. At the time — as Westporters loved to note — they were located diagonally across the Post Road from both a gay bar (The Brook) and strip club (Krazy Vin’s).

Troop G barracks. Bonus shot: a Minnybus. (Photo courtesy of Clint Vogel)

The photo below is much older: 1939. Motorcycle officers posed in front of the station. Behind them — across the Post Road — we see the bones of what became the Clam Box restaurant (later Bertucci’s, now Shearwater Coffee, Ignazio Pizza and One River art school). Long Lots Road rises behind it.

That’s a lot of cops, for a very quiet time.

(Photo courtesy of Allan Converse)

7 responses to “Friday Flashback #252

  1. Melinda Hemson

    My mom had that picture hung up in our house when we all lived in Westport. My great grandfather is one of the officers but sadly, I’m not sure which one.

  2. Wendy Crowther

    I LOVE the 1939 photo. The 1934 aerial photos of Westport show no sign of the building that became the Clam Box building.

    As I recall, the State of CT offered to sell the Troop G property to the Town of Westport before putting it on the general, real estate market. I don’t remember whether our “thanks, but no thanks” response was due to it being too expensive, or whether we had no pressing use for it, or both. I wonder what the town would do with that offer today? Buy it to turn it into a school bus depot? Erect affordable housing? Or perhaps satisfy what appears to be an overstated, overwhelming need to put pickle ball courts on anything resembling open space?

  3. charles taylor

    We used to have to sneak past the State Police HQ to drop the hammer on our hot cars! I remember the ride of my life in Frankie LaSardos ‘40 Ford Coupe souped to the max. The fastest ride in a straight line I’ve ever experienced!

  4. Peter Barlow

    I don’t know what we see as “the bones of” the Clam Box restaurant but before the Clam Box there was briefly a small restaurant right at the V of Long Lots and the Post Road. It was called The American Way and served REAL hamburgers, which cost all of 35 cents, a very high price at the time. The emerging fast food stands, like Carroll’s, charged 15 cents for a flat pattie which wasn’t great even then.

  5. Fred Cantor

    What’s fascinating to me is that the houses on the far left appear to be on Roseville Road. And I think I recall reading here at some point that Hardie Gramatky’s home way back in the day had views all the way to the Sound in the winter. I can readily picture that now.

  6. Jack Eagle-Eye Backiel

    Look at the guy standing in between the cars. He has a face mask on similar to the ones in another picture Dan posted from 1918 or 1919.

  7. Nicholas Cioffi

    I think the move to Bridgeport took place in 1994 or thereabouts