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Congress Approves Historic Coltsville Park in Hartford

Dec 13, 2014

Connecticut officials are celebrating congressional approval of a new national park in Hartford centering on the historic Colt firearms factory building with the blue, onion-shape dome. 

The U.S. Senate on Friday approved plans for the Coltsville National Historical Park as part of a massive defense policy bill that was sent to President Barack Obama. 

Congressman John Larson in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Congressman John Larson said the approval was the culmination of more than a decade of work to preserve the factory and surrounding area as well as make it a destination and history hub.

The Connecticut Democrat said the park designation will drive economic growth and help create jobs.

Plans call for a visitors' center at the former factory building built in 1855, a multimedia tour experience, and an observation area overlooking the park.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.