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Hartford, A Historic City

Since 1636, Hartford has built a rich history and is a place known for many historical landmarks and “firsts” in United States history.  Some notable firsts include:

  • Hartford is the founding city of the Boys & Girls Club
  • Our city was the first location in the entire world to have a broadcasting FM station
  • While Trinity is the second oldest College in Connecticut, it is the first in the nation to have open admissions without regard to religious beliefs
  • The Bulkeley Bridge, which connects Hartford to East Hartford, is the largest stone arch bridge in the world
  • The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States
  • The Hartford Courant is the oldest continually published newspaper in the United States
  • The Hartford is the oldest insurance company in Connecticut and one of the oldest in the United States, and still operates today

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