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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Hartford’s nickname is the Insurance Capital of the World.

Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe lived next to each other in Hartford.

In the late 19th century, Hartford was the wealthiest city in the country.


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There is MUCH more to discover about Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Read on!
  • 1614 - Dutch trader, Adriaen Block, sailed up Connecticut River, landed near Hartford


  • 1633 - The Dutch erect a fort, the House of (Good) Hope, on the future site of Hartford.
    The Dutch buy a parcel of land from the Indians, on what is the present site of Hartford, and build a fort/ trading post known as The House of Good Hop...Read MORE...


  • 1635 - The English establish a permanent settlement at Hartford under the direction of John Steel.


    Early Settlers of Connecticut www.ctstatelibrary.org/ subjectguides/ early-settlers-connecticut

  • 1636 - Thomas Hooker and company journey from Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts to found Hartford.
    Other "Founders" of Hartford arrive, including the Rev. Thomas Hooker, Rev. Samuel Stone, and most of the congregation of the First Church of Christ o...Read MORE...


  • 1639 - January 14 - 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow

    historyorb.com


  • 1647 - May 26 - Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford,

    historyorb.com


  • 1662 - Connecticut Colony is established in Hartford by royal charter of Charles II, taking its name from the Indian name of the Connecticut River: Quonektacat, meaning long river.

    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm

  • 1687 – King James II sends armed men to Hartford to seize the 1662 Charter of Connecticut, which is hidden in the Charter Oak; government under the old charter is restored two years later.

    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm

  • 1764 - Connecticut Courant
    Connecticut Courant, the oldest American newspaper in continuous existence to the present, launched at Hartford by Thomas Green.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • January 29, 1780 - The temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero at Hartford CT.

    The Weather Channel

  • 1784 - Incorporated
    Earliest Connecticut cities incorporated - Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, New London and Norwich.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1788 - Federal Constitution Approved
    Convention at Hartford approves Federal Constitution by 128-40 vote.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1792 - Hartford Bank Established
    In 1792, Hartford Bank was established with capital of $930,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E...Read MORE...


  • 1793-96 - State House erected
    Old State House, Hartford, erected; designed by Charles Bulfinch.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1796 - First cookbook written by an American was published in Hartford. The book was American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.
    Not much is known about Amelia Simmons herself. All that is known is what can be surmised from her cookbook. The cover and titles pages list her as “A...Read MORE...


  • 1810 - Hartford Fire Insurance Company
    Hartford Fire Insurance Company incorporated.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1815 - Voyage up the Connecticut River
    First steamboat voyage up the Connecticut River to Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1817 - School for the Deaf
    Thomas Gallaudet found school for the deaf in Hartford.

    Hartford Times founded by Frederick D. Bolles and John M. Niles.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1818 - Constitution Adopted
    New Constitution adopted by convention in Hartford and approved by voters; ends system of established church.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1819 - Hartford
    Hartford, the seat of justice for the county and semi-capital of the State, is located on the west side of Connecticut river, fifty miles northwesterl...Read MORE...


  • 1823 - College founded
    Washington College (now Trinity) founded in Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1831 - Mutual Insurance Company
    Mutual Insurance Company of Hartford founded.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1839 - December 28 - The third storm in two weeks hit the northeastern U.S. It brought two more feet of snow to Hartford, CT, and Worcester, MA. Whole gales swept the coast causing many wrecks.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1839 - Railroad completed between New Haven and Hartford.
    The Hartford and New Haven Railroad, New Haven's first railroad was opened in New Haven to North Haven in November, 1838. An old newspaper gives an ac...Read MORE...


  • 1842 - Art Museum
    Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, first public art museum, established.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1844 - anesthesia
    Dr. Horace Wells uses anesthesia at Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1853 - Aetna Life Insurance Company
    Aetna Life Insurance Company started in Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1854 - Hartford
    Hartford, a city, seat of justice of Hart ford county, and semi-capital of Connecticut, is situated on the right bank of the Connecticut river, at the...Read MORE...


  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Residence of Mrs. Harriett Beecher Stowe
    77 Forest Street
    Postcard
  • 1875 - Capital
    Hartford made sole capital city.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Deming & Gundlach, Jewelers and Opticians, 20 State Street, Hartford, Conn.
    Advertisement
  • 1879 - Capitol building
    New Capitol building in Hartford completed; Richard Upjohn, architect.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Residence of Samuel L Clemens (Mark Twain)

    "The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891." marktwainhouse.org
    Postcard
  • News 1882 - HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL BURNED. ONLY THE WALLS LEFT STANDING - A LOSS OF $200,000.
    Hartford, Conn., Jan. 24. - The public High School was destroyed by fire early this morning, the walls only being left standing. The fire started, it ...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
    ...Probably Hartford, Conn., was the most shaken of any point heard from. At twenty-one minutes to three o’clock p. m., three long and convulsive shoc...Read MORE...


  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    1888 Colt's Lightning Magazine Rifles
    Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut

    Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
    Advertisement
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Riverside Park
    Postcard
  • News 1892 - FACTORY EXPLOSION.
    Hartford, Conn., May 23. - At 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon the factory of the AEtna Pyrotechnic company, in Mechanic street, blew up with a tremend...Read MORE...


  • News 1894 - CHILDREN ASPHYXIATED. IMPRISONED IN A FREIGHT CABOOSE BY A SPRING LOCK AT HARTFORD, CONN.
    Hartford, Conn., July 30. - RAYMOND, aged 9; LEROY, aged 7; and FREDDIE, aged 4, the children of James W. Ganlon, a locomotive engineer on the New Yor...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Hartford
    Hartford, a noted city, the capital of Connecticut, and seat of justice of Hartford co., was permanently settled in 1636 by a colony of one hundred pe...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - "UNCLE TOM" - Its Famous Author Dies At Hartford, Conn.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe and Her Career.
    Was a Sister of Henry Ward Beecher.
    Wrote Much - Her First Book Was Famous.

    Almost exactly at high noon, We...Read MORE...


  • 1897 - Pope Manufacturing Company
    Manufacture of automobiles begun by Pope Manufacturing Company of Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • News 1898 - FIRE STOPS MASQUERADE BALL. Eight Persons Severely Burned at Germania Hall, Hartford, Conn.
    HARTFORD, Conn., March 8. - At a fire in Germania Hall, corner of Main and Morgan Streets, last night, while the tableux were being prepared to open t...Read MORE...


  • 1898 - Hartford - The Birthplace of Democracy by Mary K. Talcott
    Among the historic cities of New England, Hartford claims a foremost place. Not only was its settlement of great consequence at the time, but for hist...Read MORE...


  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Wm. H. Wiley & Son, Hartford, Conn.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    March 1898
    Advertisement
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    The Hartford Rubber Works Co., Hartford, Conn.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    March 1898

    The Hartford Rubber Works Co. was established by John W. Gray, a Hartford rubber goods merchant, in 1881. The company’s initial plant was built on the south... Read MORE...

    Advertisement
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    5% Nickel Steel Tubing is found only in Columbia Bicycles
    Pope Mfg. Co, Hartford, Conn.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    April 1898

    Pope Manufacturing Company was founded by Albert Augustus Pope around 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, US and... Read MORE...

    Advertisement
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Old Center Burying-Ground, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
    Photograph
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    The Capitol, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
    Photograph
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
    Photograph
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Statue of Israel Putnam, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
    Photograph
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Old State House, Now City Hall, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
    Photograph
  • News 1899 - EXPLOSION AT STATE CAPITOL. Watchmen Were Investigating Gas Leak with Lighted Lantern - One Man Injured.
    Hartford, Aug. 14. - Escaping gas at the state capitol caused Night Watchman James Keefe of this city and Assistant Night Watchman George H. Cooper of...Read MORE...


  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Looking across Connecticut River towards Travelers Building, Hartford, Conn.
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street, looking North from Asylum Street, Hartford, Conn.
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Hotel Bond, Hartford, Conn.

    "Hotel Bond is a historic hotel, built in two stages in 1913 and 1921, in downtown Hartford, Connecticut by hotelier Harry S. Bond. It is located near Bushnell Park, and was considered the grandest hotel in Hartford... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    View of Main Street from City Hall
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    The Old State House
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Underwood Standard Typewriter No. 5 manufactured in Hartford, Ct. by Underwood Typewriter Company headquartered in New York City. Launched in 1900 has been described as "the first truly modern typewriter."
    centralnevadamuseum.com
  • News 1902 - August 22 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American President to ride in an automobile when he rides in a Columbia Electric Victoria through Hartford, Connecticut.

    www.wikipedia.org

    August 22, 1902

  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    City Hall
    Postcard
  • News 1907 - Pope Manufacturing failure
    Receivers for the Pope Manufacturing company and its subsidiary company, the Pope Motor Car company, which are engaged in the manufacture of automobil...Read MORE...


  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    The Cathedral, 1909
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Keney Tower, 1909

    Keney Tower is a memorial tower located in a small public park at Main and Ely Streets north of downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Built in 1898 as a memorial to family members by the locally prominent Keney family, it is a... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street, Looking South, 1909
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, 1911
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Hartford, Conn. Hartford Hospital, Main Entrance
    Postcard
  • News 1914 - FLAMES WRECK NEW HAVEN DEPOT AT HARTFORD, CONN.
    Hartford, Conn., Feb. 21. - The Union Station of the New Haven Railroad here was wrecked by fire this afternoon and all train service interrupted. A l...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Hartford, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Connecticut and seat of justice of Hartford co., is situated upon the W. bank of the Connecticut R...Read MORE...


  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    New Palace Theatre, 1917
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Asylum Street, Looking West from Trumbull Street
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Horace Bushnell Memorial
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Hartford Golf Club
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    The Morgan Memorial

    "Around 1900, J. Pierpont Morgan, a native of Hartford, was encouraged by his cousin, Rev. Francis Goodwin, to acquire land adjacent to the Wadsworth Atheneum for the museum to use in a future expansion. Goodwin was then the... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Municipal Building
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Trinity College
    Postcard
  • News 1927 - Flood
    ...At Hartford, Conn., 12 families were marooned on the second floors of their homes..
    The Oelwein Daily Register
    Iowa
    November 4, 1927

  • 1929 - April 7 - Record heat prevailed across New England. Hartford CT reported an afternoon high of 90 degrees.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Hotel Hartford
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street, Looking South
    Postcard
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    March 1936 Flood
    Thanks to Jenn Costanzo
  • Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    March 1936 Flood
    Thanks to Jenn Costanzo
  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New En...Read MORE...


  • 1939 - First FM radio station, WDRC-FM began broadcasting in Hartford

    www.ereferencedesk.com /resources/ state-facts/ connecticut.html

  • News 1944 - July 6 - Ringling Brothers Circus tent fire in Hartford took 168 lives.
    1944 - July 6 - World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford Conn)
    Timeline of Connecticut History
    July 6, 1944

  • News 1949 - Highway Safety Commission Lists 1948 Freak Accidents - Bad Place to Sleep
    ...A Hartford youth, pronounced by police to be under the influence of liquor after he left a tavern at closing time, sprawled out in the middle of th...Read MORE...


  • 1950 - November 25-26 - Wind gusts to 100 mph recorded at Hartford CT

    The Weather Channel

  • 1957 - University of Hartford founded.

    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1960 - Front Street redevelopment
    Ground broken for first building in Hartford's Front Street redevelopment area; now known as Constitution plaza.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1978 - January 18 - Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)

    historyorb.com




Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Hartford, Connecticut, USA


Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Residence of Mrs. Harriett Beecher Stowe
77 Forest Street
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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Deming & Gundlach, Jewelers and Opticians, 20 State Street, Hartford, Conn.
Read more about Henry Allen DEMING

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Residence of Samuel L Clemens (Mark Twain)

"The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891." marktwainhouse.org
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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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1888 Colt's Lightning Magazine Rifles
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut

Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Riverside Park

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Wm. H. Wiley & Son, Hartford, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Read more about William Henry WILEY

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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The Hartford Rubber Works Co., Hartford, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898

The Hartford Rubber Works Co. was established by John W. Gray, a Hartford rubber goods merchant, in 1881. The company’s initial plant was built on the south... Read MORE...

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Advertisement
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5% Nickel Steel Tubing is found only in Columbia Bicycles
Pope Mfg. Co, Hartford, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898

Pope Manufacturing Company was founded by Albert Augustus Pope around 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, US and... Read MORE...

Read more about Albert Augustus POPE photo of ancestor

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Old Center Burying-Ground, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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The Capitol, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Main Street, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Statue of Israel Putnam, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
Read more about Israel PUTNAM photo of ancestor

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Old State House, Now City Hall, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Looking across Connecticut River towards Travelers Building, Hartford, Conn.

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Main Street, looking North from Asylum Street, Hartford, Conn.

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Hotel Bond, Hartford, Conn.

"Hotel Bond is a historic hotel, built in two stages in 1913 and 1921, in downtown Hartford, Connecticut by hotelier Harry S. Bond. It is located near Bushnell Park, and was considered the grandest hotel in Hartford... Read MORE...

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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View of Main Street from City Hall

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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The Old State House

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Underwood Standard Typewriter No. 5 manufactured in Hartford, Ct. by Underwood Typewriter Company headquartered in New York City. Launched in 1900 has been described as "the first truly modern typewriter."

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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City Hall

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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The Cathedral, 1909

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Keney Tower, 1909

Keney Tower is a memorial tower located in a small public park at Main and Ely Streets north of downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Built in 1898 as a memorial to family members by the locally prominent Keney family, it is a... Read MORE...

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Main Street, Looking South, 1909

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, 1911

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Hartford, Conn. Hartford Hospital, Main Entrance

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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New Palace Theatre, 1917

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Asylum Street, Looking West from Trumbull Street

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Horace Bushnell Memorial
Read more about Horace BUSHNELL photo of ancestor

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Hartford Golf Club

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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The Morgan Memorial

"Around 1900, J. Pierpont Morgan, a native of Hartford, was encouraged by his cousin, Rev. Francis Goodwin, to acquire land adjacent to the Wadsworth Atheneum for the museum to use in a future expansion. Goodwin was then the... Read MORE...

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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Municipal Building

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Hotel Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Main Street, Looking South

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Thanks to Jenn Costanzo
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March 1936 Flood

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Thanks to Jenn Costanzo
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March 1936 Flood

History, News and Stories of Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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  • 1614 - Dutch trader, Adriaen Block, sailed up Connecticut River, landed near Hartford
  • 1633 - The Dutch erect a fort, the House of (Good) Hope, on the future site of Hartford.
    The Dutch buy a parcel of land from the Indians, on what is the present site of Hartford, and build a fort/ trading post known as The House of Good... Read MORE...

  • 1635 - The English establish a permanent settlement at Hartford under the direction of John Steel.


    Early Settlers of Connecticut www.ctstatelibrary.org/ subjectguides/ early-settlers-connecticut

    Read more about John STEELE
  • 1636 - Thomas Hooker and company journey from Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts to found Hartford.
    Other "Founders" of Hartford arrive, including the Rev. Thomas Hooker, Rev. Samuel Stone, and most of the congregation of the First Church of Christ... Read MORE...


    Read more about Thomas HOOKER
  • 1639 - January 14 - 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow

    historyorb.com


    Read more about Roger LUDLOW
  • 1647 - May 26 - Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford,

    historyorb.com


    Read more about Alse (Alice) STOKES (STOAKES)
  • 1662 - Connecticut Colony is established in Hartford by royal charter of Charles II, taking its name from the Indian name of the Connecticut River: Quonektacat, meaning long river.

    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm
  • 1687 – King James II sends armed men to Hartford to seize the 1662 Charter of Connecticut, which is hidden in the Charter Oak; government under the old charter is restored two years later.

    www.bethany-ct.com/ historicalSociety/ bhs-facts.htm
  • History of Hartford, Connecticut


    History of Hartford, Connecticut (www.youtube.com)
  • 1764 - Connecticut Courant
    Connecticut Courant, the oldest American newspaper in continuous existence to the present, launched at Hartford by Thomas Green.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • January 29, 1780 - The temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero at Hartford CT.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1784 - Incorporated
    Earliest Connecticut cities incorporated - Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, New London and Norwich.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1788 - Federal Constitution Approved
    Convention at Hartford approves Federal Constitution by 128-40 vote.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1792 - Hartford Bank Established
    In 1792, Hartford Bank was established with capital of $930,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. &... Read MORE...

  • 1793-96 - State House erected
    Old State House, Hartford, erected; designed by Charles Bulfinch.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1796 - First cookbook written by an American was published in Hartford. The book was American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.
    Not much is known about Amelia Simmons herself. All that is known is what can be surmised from her cookbook. The cover and titles pages list her as... Read MORE...

  • 1810 - Hartford Fire Insurance Company
    Hartford Fire Insurance Company incorporated.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1815 - Voyage up the Connecticut River
    First steamboat voyage up the Connecticut River to Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1817 - School for the Deaf
    Thomas Gallaudet found school for the deaf in Hartford.

    Hartford Times founded by Frederick D. Bolles and John M. Niles.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

    Read more about Thomas Hopkins GALLAUDET photo of ancestor
  • 1818 - Constitution Adopted
    New Constitution adopted by convention in Hartford and approved by voters; ends system of established church.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1819 - Hartford
    Hartford, the seat of justice for the county and semi-capital of the State, is located on the west side of Connecticut river, fifty miles... Read MORE...

  • 1823 - College founded
    Washington College (now Trinity) founded in Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1831 - Mutual Insurance Company
    Mutual Insurance Company of Hartford founded.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1839 - Railroad completed between New Haven and Hartford.
    The Hartford and New Haven Railroad, New Haven's first railroad was opened in New Haven to North Haven in November, 1838. An old newspaper gives an... Read MORE...

  • 1839 - December 28 - The third storm in two weeks hit the northeastern U.S. It brought two more feet of snow to Hartford, CT, and Worcester, MA. Whole gales swept the coast causing many wrecks.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1842 - Art Museum
    Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, first public art museum, established.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1844 - anesthesia
    Dr. Horace Wells uses anesthesia at Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1853 - Aetna Life Insurance Company
    Aetna Life Insurance Company started in Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1854 - Hartford
    Hartford, a city, seat of justice of Hart ford county, and semi-capital of Connecticut, is situated on the right bank of the Connecticut river, at... Read MORE...

  • 1875 - Capital
    Hartford made sole capital city.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1879 - Capitol building
    New Capitol building in Hartford completed; Richard Upjohn, architect.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • News  1882 - HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL BURNED. ONLY THE WALLS LEFT STANDING - A LOSS OF $200,000.
    Hartford, Conn., Jan. 24. - The public High School was destroyed by fire early this morning, the walls only being left standing. The fire started, it ... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
    ...Probably Hartford, Conn., was the most shaken of any point heard from. At twenty-one minutes to three o’clock p. m., three long and convulsive... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - FACTORY EXPLOSION.
    Hartford, Conn., May 23. - At 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon the factory of the AEtna Pyrotechnic company, in Mechanic street, blew up with a... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - CHILDREN ASPHYXIATED. IMPRISONED IN A FREIGHT CABOOSE BY A SPRING LOCK AT HARTFORD, CONN.
    Hartford, Conn., July 30. - RAYMOND, aged 9; LEROY, aged 7; and FREDDIE, aged 4, the children of James W. Ganlon, a locomotive engineer on the New... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Hartford
    Hartford, a noted city, the capital of Connecticut, and seat of justice of Hartford co., was permanently settled in 1636 by a colony of one hundred... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - "UNCLE TOM" - Its Famous Author Dies At Hartford, Conn.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe and Her Career.
    Was a Sister of Henry Ward Beecher.
    Wrote Much - Her First Book Was Famous.

    Almost exactly at high noon,... Read MORE...


    Read more about Harriet Elizabeth BEECHER photo of ancestor
  • 1897 - Pope Manufacturing Company
    Manufacture of automobiles begun by Pope Manufacturing Company of Hartford.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

    Read more about Albert Augustus POPE photo of ancestor
  • 1898 - Hartford - The Birthplace of Democracy by Mary K. Talcott
    Among the historic cities of New England, Hartford claims a foremost place. Not only was its settlement of great consequence at the time, but for... Read MORE...


    Read more about Mary Kingsbury TALCOTT
  • News  1898 - FIRE STOPS MASQUERADE BALL. Eight Persons Severely Burned at Germania Hall, Hartford, Conn.
    HARTFORD, Conn., March 8. - At a fire in Germania Hall, corner of Main and Morgan Streets, last night, while the tableux were being prepared to open... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - EXPLOSION AT STATE CAPITOL. Watchmen Were Investigating Gas Leak with Lighted Lantern - One Man Injured.
    Hartford, Aug. 14. - Escaping gas at the state capitol caused Night Watchman James Keefe of this city and Assistant Night Watchman George H. Cooper... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - August 22 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American President to ride in an automobile when he rides in a Columbia Electric Victoria through Hartford, Connecticut.

    www.wikipedia.org

    August 22, 1902

    Read more about Theodore ROOSEVELT photo of ancestor
  • News  1907 - Pope Manufacturing failure
    Receivers for the Pope Manufacturing company and its subsidiary company, the Pope Motor Car company, which are engaged in the manufacture of... Read MORE...


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  • News  1914 - FLAMES WRECK NEW HAVEN DEPOT AT HARTFORD, CONN.
    Hartford, Conn., Feb. 21. - The Union Station of the New Haven Railroad here was wrecked by fire this afternoon and all train service interrupted. A... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Hartford, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Connecticut and seat of justice of Hartford co., is situated upon the W. bank of the Connecticut... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - Flood
    ...At Hartford, Conn., 12 families were marooned on the second floors of their homes.. The Oelwein Daily Register
    Iowa
    November 4, 1927
  • 1929 - April 7 - Record heat prevailed across New England. Hartford CT reported an afternoon high of 90 degrees.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New... Read MORE...

  • 1939 - First FM radio station, WDRC-FM began broadcasting in Hartford

    www.ereferencedesk.com /resources/ state-facts/ connecticut.html
  • News  1944 - July 6 - Ringling Brothers Circus tent fire in Hartford took 168 lives.
    1944 - July 6 - World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford Conn)
    Timeline of Connecticut History
    July 6, 1944
  • News  1949 - Highway Safety Commission Lists 1948 Freak Accidents - Bad Place to Sleep
    ...A Hartford youth, pronounced by police to be under the influence of liquor after he left a tavern at closing time, sprawled out in the middle of... Read MORE...

  • 1950 - November 25-26 - Wind gusts to 100 mph recorded at Hartford CT

    The Weather Channel
  • 1957 - University of Hartford founded.

    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1960 - Front Street redevelopment
    Ground broken for first building in Hartford's Front Street redevelopment area; now known as Constitution plaza.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1978 - January 18 - Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)

    historyorb.com

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