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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Founded by Dutch traders in the early 1600’s and established by the Reverend Thomas Hooker in 1636--- what started as a fort called the “House of Hope” is now a land of growth and opportunity for an enormously diverse population… Hartford is the home of such internationally known treasures as the Wadsworth Atheneum (the nation’s first public museum), as well as attractions like the Mark Twain House, the Hartford Stage, the Bushnell Memorial, and the Artists Collective. But ever since traders used the Connecticut River to conduct business, Hartford has been abuzz with insurance and financial transactions. Companies such as Aetna, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Phoenix, and Travelers have their roots here--- as does industrial giants like United Technologies.www.hartford.gov/


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Hartford, Connecticut, USA - Residence of Mrs. Harriett Beecher Stowe
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Residence of Mrs. Harriett Beecher Stowe
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - Residence of Samuel L Clemens (Mark Twain)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Residence of Samuel L Clemens (Mark Twain)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - Wm. H. Wiley & Son, Hartford, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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

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

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

The Hartford Rubber Works Co., Hartford, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - 5% Nickel Steel Tubing is found only in Columbia Bicycles
Pope Mfg. Co, Hartford, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - Looking across Connecticut River towards Travelers Building, Hartford, Conn.
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Looking across Connecticut River towards Travelers Building, Hartford, Conn.
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - Main Street, looking North from Asylum Street, Hartford, Conn.
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Main Street, looking North from Asylum Street, Hartford, Conn.
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - Hotel Bond, Hartford, Conn.
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... Read MORE...
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - March 1936 Flood
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

March 1936 Flood
Hartford, Connecticut, USA - March 1936 Flood
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

March 1936 Flood

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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 ...Read MORE...

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


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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...Read MORE...

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

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

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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.

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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.

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1764 - Connecticut Courant
Connecticut Courant, the oldest American newspaper in continuous existence to the present, launched ...Read MORE...

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,...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.

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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....Read MORE...

1818 - Constitution Adopted
New Constitution adopted by convention in Hartford and approved by voters; ends system of...Read MORE...

1819 - Hartford
Hartford, the seat of justice for the county and semi-capital of the State, is located on the west...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.
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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...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.

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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
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...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...Read MORE...

News  1892 - FACTORY EXPLOSION.
Hartford, Conn., May 23. - At 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon the factory of the AEtna Pyrotechnic...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...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...Read MORE...

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

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...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...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.

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August 22, 1902
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...Read MORE...

1916
Hartford, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Connecticut and seat of justice of Hartford...Read MORE...

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

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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 ...Read MORE...

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

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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...Read MORE...

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...Read MORE...

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

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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...Read MORE...

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

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