HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: The land was taken from the western part of Hartford, which wasfounded in 1637, and incorporated as a separate town in 1854.
LOOK IT UP: Lexicographer and author Noah Webster was born in West Hartford in 1758. His"Blue-Backed Speller," published in 1783, was used to teach English into the 1900s, and his 1828"An American Dictionary of the English Language" was the forefather of today's Merriam-Websterdictionary. Webster's childhood home was restored and opened to the public as a museum in thelate 1960s.
NOTABLE RESIDENTS: Famous residents have included American skeleton racer Jimmy Shea,who won the Gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics; meteorologist Edward Lorenz, a pioneer ofchaos theory who coined the term "butterfly eect"; Korczak Ziolkowski, who helped carve MountRushmore; author Dominick Dunne; actor John O'Hurley, who played J. Peterman on "Seinfield;" andRepublican pollster Frank Luntz, a regular contributor to Fox News.