COLTSVILLE NOW A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK . . .

COLTSVILLE NOW A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK . . .

Colt Armory's Onion Dome

The Coltsville Historic District in Hartford, Conn., has officially been designated a National Historic Landmark, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced last week. Located at the southern edge of downtown Hartford, Coltsville is known for its association with Samuel Colt and the industrial enterprise that he founded, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co.

The company played a key role in the development of the American economy from 1855 to 1945. The nomination for the Coltsville Historic District expands upon the existing Samuel Colt Home (Armsmear) National Historic Landmark, which was designated in 1966. The enlarged property tells the story not only of the Colt home, but the broader story of the important industrial enterprise, which includes industrial buildings, an office building, workers' housing, a church and parish house, and Colt Park.

Coltsville Historic District, Hartford, CT
– Located at the southern edge of downtown Hartford, Connecticut, the Coltsville Historic District is nationally significant for its association with Samuel Colt and the industrial enterprise that he founded, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company. The company played a key role in the development of the American economy from 1855 to 1945. The Coltsville story revolves around Samuel Colt; it also is the story of his widow, Elizabeth Colt, because she guided the Colt Industries for approximately 40 years after Samuel's death in 1862.

– In 1836, Samuel Colt obtained his first patent for a personal revolver, which was an innovative product because it eliminated the need to reload after each shot. Colt went on to found the company that pioneered advanced manufacturing techniques, large quantity production, and successful marketing and distribution. The firearms industry led the way in fostering the interchangeability of parts and mechanization of virtually all aspects of manufacturing.

– While the Colt Manufacturing Company is best known for the production of firearms, between wars, the Colt Company manufactured a range of other products, such as typesetting machines and steam engines.

– The nomination for the Coltsville Historic District expands upon the existing Samuel Colt Home (Armsmear) National Historic Landmark, which was designated in 1966. The enlarged property tells the story not only of the Colt home, but the broader story of the important industrial enterprise, which includes industrial buildings, an office building, workers' housing, a church and parish house, and Colt Park.

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