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Letter to the Editor: Injun Hollow Road

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I grew up on Cove Meadow Road in Haddam Neck. My Mother and father and their fathers and their fathers were also born on Cove Meadow Road in Haddam Neck. It was so named for the Salmon River Cove and Meadow where the road ended at the Southern part of the Neck. Sometime in the late 50’s or early 60’s the Town decided to rename the road “Injun Hollow.” I can only guess that this was done to insult the memory of our native peoples and the residents then and now living on the road. Two of my sisters and my cousin and I still own property on Injun Hollow Road and we all have to see that demeaning name every day. Isn’t it time to put the real name of the road back on the street sign?

Peter Smith

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5 Responses to Letter to the Editor: Injun Hollow Road

  1. Dan Casey III

    October 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    If that happens, ought to consider renaming Cove Road to Jenks Hill, otherwise you will get the same confusion you get now between Rock Landing Road and Rock Landing Lane and between Quarry Hill in the neck and Quarry Hill in Haddam.

  2. Peter Smith

    October 31, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Cove Meadow and Cove are entirely different names and that has nothing to do with returning to the original street name. Injun is a pejorative term for native Americans and is considered racist by many. Cove meadow Road is the original name of the road and should be returned as such.

  3. Kevin Francis

    October 31, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Has this always been an issue for you or is it an issue that just arose since the daily news just ran the article Racial slurs are woven deep into the American Landscape
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/racial-slurs-woven-deep-american-landscape-article-1.2418024

    Just ironic that your comments come 1 day after this article appeared in the DailyNews

  4. Nelson Struck

    November 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    This kind of name is not unusual. The town I grew up in had a road named “N” hollow road. It was on all of the tax maps as such and it was what people called it. It was renamed in the 60s. Peter Smith makes a good point.

  5. Chet Harris

    November 4, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I seriously doubt that people sat around and said, “Let’s see, how can we offend Native Americans? I’ve got it, let’s rename this road Injun Hollow Rd.” Unless you are actually Native American I doubt that this is anything more than a PC police thing. The only demeaning thing about it is your interpretation as to why the road was named this. It appears that in the early years local Indians settled in the cove area and the area was called Indian Hollow. Someone may well have found the documents that stated this and chose the more colloquial, not demeaning, term Injun Hollow Road because it had a smoother sound . I doubt that there was any thought of insulting the Indians, and there is still no such intent. Here is a link with a lot of Haddam Neck history, http://dunhamwilcox.net/town_hist/haddam_neck_hist.htm
    Some people seem to assume for others what they should just deal with on their own and not try to fan flames that were not there in the first place. I will give you the Al Sharpton award for trying though.