US Interior Secretary to visit Coltsville

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials are hosting U.S.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in Hartford as they push to
establish a National Historical Park at the Coltsville Historic

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. John Larson, Gov. Dannel
Malloy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra are scheduled to lead
Salazar on a tour of the area Saturday.

Several members of Connecticut’s current and past Congressional
delegation have pushed for the National Historical Park designation
at Coltsville.

The area is named after Samuel Colt who designed a revolver that
revolutionized personal firearms, eliminating the need to reload
until five or six shots had been fired. The area includes
manufacturing facilities and employee housing that his Colt Patent
Fire Arms Manufacturing Co. began building in 1855.

Coltsville was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008,
a step toward the national park designation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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