The towns that make up the New Milford area have had their share of fires over the years. For example, the Great Fire of 1902 destroyed virtually every building in New Milford’s commercial block from Bridge Street to Bank Street. In days and weeks to follow, the small farming community began to take steps to recover from such a devastating blow to its economy, and the town recovered. Sixty years later, firefighters were called to Railroad Street to respond to a fire, as shown in this 1962 photograph of first responders battling smoke. If you have a “Way Back When” photo you’d like to share, contact Deborah Rose at or 860-355-7324.