Plainville, town (1990 pop. 17,400), Hartford co., central Conn., at the sandy headwaters of the Quinnipiac River; settled 1657, inc. 1869. Metal and electrical products and machinery are manufactured. The city park contains a restored portion of the New Haven–Northampton Canal, which operated there in the 1840s.
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