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Coltsville National Historical Park Act

December 12, 2014
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Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson joined Senators BlumenthalMurphy and Mayor of Hartford Pedro Segarra in applauding passage of the Coltsville National Historical Park Act in the U.S. Senate. Following passage in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the Act now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

“Today marks the culmination of more than a decade of work to preserve the legacy of American innovation and manufacturing that is Coltsville. Connecticut is the cradle of our industrial revolution. The designation made possible by this Act would not only honor the groundbreaking work of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, but provides Connecticut greater and much-deserved representation in our National Park system. While it has received wide support on both sides of the aisle, I am most excited to bring this news home to the Hartford community and my constituents who will ultimately reap the cultural and economic benefits that will come from Coltsville’s designation as a National Historical Park,” said Congressman John B. Larson.

“I commend the hard work of several Mayors, Representatives, Senators and community leaders on this legislation and Governor Malloy for his continued support of Coltsville,” Larson continued. “I want to especially thank Senators Dodd and Lieberman for their determination in starting this process and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy for carrying the torch and seeing it through final passage. There is still work left to see this designation come to fruition and I look forward to working with the National Park Service and continuing efforts with stakeholders throughout our community along with federal, state and local officials to ensure Coltsville is preserved for generations to come.”

"This monumental milestone will drive economic growth and new jobs all around Connecticut by making Coltsville a magnificent, magnetic destination and history hub.  Coltsville will be a national monument to Connecticut's vital role in the industrial revolution and American manufacturing, which helped make our state the arsenal of democracy.  Designation as a National Park will spur tourism, housing, commerce, and economic development in Hartford-- and stand as a lasting living legacy to the ingenuity, vision and grit of Sam and Elizabeth Colt, as inventors and entrepreneurs and patriots.I am tremendously grateful to Congressman Larson for his unwavering commitment to Coltsville, and to Senators Dodd and Lieberman who advocated powerfully for this provision for years before me. As a member of the Armed Services Committee who negotiated the final agreement, I was proud to be part of the team that finally carried this worthy designation across the finish line,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

“Once a dream, now on the verge of reality, Connecticut is about to have a new national park. Years and years of hard work have gone into this effort, and with this designation, Hartford's Coltsville will get the national recognition it deserves, allowing future generations to appreciate Connecticut’s powerful role in advancing the industrial revolution and strengthening manufacturing in the United States. I’m proud to have helped get this bill through the Senate with Senator Blumenthal, but we all have John Larson to thank when it is signed into law. His crusade of over a decade to get this done will be taught in classrooms as an example of persistence, persistence, and more persistence, paying off in the end,” said Senator Chris Murphy.

"The Colt Manufacturing facility played a critical role in our national defense and promoted the spirit of American business ingenuity around the world," said Mayor Pedro Segarra. "This monumental decision will help shape an ongoing renaissance in the City of Hartford, lead to long-term job growth in the region and increase focus on heritage tourism in our state. I want to sincerely applaud and acknowledge Congressman John Larson of his consistent leadership on this issue and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy for always supporting the advancement of Connecticut's Capital City. "

Coltsville was the Hartford, Connecticut home of Samuel Colt’s industrial enterprise, the Colt Fire Arms Company. In Hartford, Samuel Colt developed the use of the assembly line and highly mechanized techniques that set the stage for mass production of the bicycle, the typewriter, the automobile, and the jet engine. Colt manufacturing not only transformed the firearms industry but was a major contributor to the industrial revolution by pioneering the use of interchangeable parts and precision manufacturing. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008.

Once the bill is signed into law, the National Park Service will initiate the process of implementing the legislation and will lead the process of establishing a park. The Coltsville National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1259/S.615) is known as an ‘authorization bill’, a common and important step in the establishment of other National Parks nationwide. As an authorization bill, the establishment of a National Park at Coltsville is contingent upon meeting the conditions set out in the legislation, as well as the development of a management plan and funding from federal and non-federal sources.

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In the News:

Hartford Courant EDITORIAL: Coltsville Finally A National Historic Park

The Day: Moving closer to Coltsville Park, Hartford

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