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March 23, 2016

Coltsville National Park takes step ahead

Coltsville National Park headquarter PHOTO | Library of Congress A historical sketching of Colt Manufacturing in 1857.

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation clarifying the National Park Service’s authority to establish the Coltsville National Park headquarters.

The headquarters will be located in the brownstones next to the East Armory along I-91 southbound. The National Park Service determined that the brownstones, which date back to the 1850s, provide the best location for historic preservation and visitor access for the location of the park headquarters.

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson has been a strong advocate for the creation of Coltsville National Park. He said the legislative approval was a clarification needed to make the project move forward.

Larson said the national park will promote economic development and tourism in Hartford, while preserving the legacy of the Samuel and Elizabeth Colt and their contribution to national history.

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