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425 Hartford Turnpike -- SR 30, Vernon, CT, US, 06066-5200

  • Phone: (860) 871-2432
  • Fax: (860) 871-0004
3.0 out of 5 (62 reviews)
48% of guests recommend this hotel

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Hartford Circus Fire Memorial

350 Barbour Street
Hartford, CT 06120
Old-timers of Connecticut will never forget the Hartford Circus Fire of July 6, 1944, and this memorial plaque stands in honor of those 168 people who perished in one of the worst circus tragedies to date. A result of coating the roof with paraffin and gasoline (placed to act as a water repellent), nearly 6500 people were inside at the time of the blaze. One of the most enduring legends of the disaster was Little Miss 1565, an unidentified child who was never claimed despite a well-publicized effort to find her family. In recent years, DNA samples have claimed to have solved the case; however, doubts still remain. Circuses were banned in many parts of Connecticut after the fire, up until the 1970s. The memorial is on the sport of the tent during that harrowing night.
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