Hartford

Population

2010: 124,775, #200 in U.S., #3 in Connecticut

1950: 177,397, #54 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,212,381, #45 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 539,661, #32 in U.S.

Setting

Hartford, on the Connecticut River, was first settled in 1635. Today there are parks, Riverwalk trails, and the Riverfront Plaza along the river, on the east side of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: City Place (1984), 535 feet

List of tallest buildings

The Travelers Tower (1919, 527 feet) has an observation deck open May to October.

The domed Connecticut State Capitol (1878) is 287 feet tall.

Stores

Hartford has no downtown department stores.  Civic Center Mall, a three-story indoor shopping center, opened in 1974 and closed in 2004.

Trains

Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains offer frequent service from Union Station (1914) north to Springfield, Massachusetts, and south to New Haven, with connections to Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.




Hartford and Connecticut River

Museums

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Connecticut Science Center are located downtown. The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States.

Theaters

Downtown Hartford has no first-run movie theaters. The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (1930) hosts the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and touring Broadway shows. Hartford Stage and TheaterWorks are also located downtown.

Sports

There is no professional baseball in Hartford, but the New Britain Rock Cats, Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, play in nearby New Britain. The Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League play at the XL Center (1975).

Map of Downtown Hartford

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