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Tilton has a proud history, built with hard work, strong family ties and the spirit of everyone who has lived in Tilton. Tilton was first platted in 1854 as the town of Bryant, after an assistant named Bryant, who worked for Mr. Catlin who already had a town named after him. The town was also called the "Town of Carbon", and plated in 1858 as the "Town of Tilton", by the Chicago Carbon Coal Company. Tilton began as a mining village in 1855 and later became a large railroad terminal. By 1905, these enterprises were lost, but Tilton has continued to strive and today has almost 3000 residents and continues to be a center of activity for business growth, while maintaining the small town lifestyle that so many residents have become accustom to.

We hope that the History page will evolve with more information and photos for you to enjoy. We have included some history photos from Tilton and encourage visitors to send us more online HERE or email us more at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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History Photos (Click on Small Photos to Enlarge)

**Text and photos courtesy of Priscilla Miller, the Tilton Historical Society, and the Tilton Centennial Book published in 1984.


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