Waterbury is situated on the Naugatuck River, about 33 miles southwest of Hartford. With a population of 107,902, Waterbury is the fifth largest city in Connecticut. The city was once the leading manufacturer of brassware, particularly for watches and clocks. Hence, Waterbury bears the nickname “Brass City,” with the motto Quid Aere Perennius, which means “What is more lasting than brass.”
Waterbury's manufacturing boom began to decline in the second half of the 20th century, with the last of the brass shops closing in the 1970s. Since that time, the city has undertaken many revitalization projects in an effort to revamp unused facilities. Metalworks are still prominent in the city, despite the decline of the brass industry.
Waterbury is home to several educational landmarks; namely, the TIMEXPO Museum, which is dedicated to the history of the Timex Corporation and the inner workings of watches and clocks; the Mattatuck Museum, which provides a look at the history of Waterbury and surrounding towns as well as exhibits the work of Connecticut artists and sculptors; and the Union Station Clocktower, which is 240-feet high and has 318 steps. The tower is adorned with a clock 16- feet in diameter and decorated by eight she-wolf gargoyles. Waterbury's Union Station is now home to the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper.