Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hartford Connecticut

The Soldiers and Sailors memorial was the first large memorial arch in America. It was dedicated in 1886 to the Hartford citizens who fought and died in the Civil war.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
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The arch leads into Hartford’s Bushnell park, however the entrance was quite different when first built. The Park river ran through the center of Hartford and a beautiful brownstone bridge lead up to the arch. The bridge was in the same design as the memorial.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
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The Park river was buried in 1940 to help with the spring floods and now runs through a large conduit ending in the Connecticut river.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
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The memorial, and the old bridge,  were built using brownstone brought up the Connecticut river from the quarries just down river in the town of Portland.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
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A side note, the ashes of the designer George Keller and his wife are in one of the towers.