Hartford's Bushnell Park was established in 1854 and created around the city's Hog River which is named because of the foul smells caused by factories dumping industrial waste. Eventually, the Hog River became known as the Park River, which ran through the city.

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But during Hartford's early industrial growth, the river brought disease when its waters were low and devastation when they were high. So it was dangerous, and changing its name and putting it in a park did not lessen its potential to cause destruction.

The floods of 1936 and 1938 caused massive destruction to the city of Hartford because of the tremendous overflow of water from the Connecticut River and the Park River, which flowed through the town.

As a result, Hartford's Flood Control Commission decided to build dikes along the Connecticut River. But first, something had to be done to stop the flooding of the Park River, which flowed freely through the city. The following photo gallery explains the Park River solution.

Taking a Deep Dive Into Hartford's Underground River

Shelton Rec Center is the Site of a Decommissioned U.S. Missile Defense Base

The recreation center on Mohegan Road in Shelton, CT is all fun and games now but was once the site of some serious business. Shelton is not the only town in CT with a frightening Cold War past, Ansonia and Fairfield boast similar remains.

Gallery Credit: Lou Milano

Behind the Walls of CT's Abandoned Norwich State Hospital

In this day and age, mental health treatment is serious business and in most cases, patients are treated with care and respect. This was not always the case in the U.S. and hospitals dedicated to the "mentally ill" became prisons that regularly conducted torture. America is now littered with shuttered hospitals decaying from the inside and the outside. Many believe these places still contain the dark energy left behind by the gruesome acts of the past. One of these places in Norwich State Hospital. 

Gallery Credit: Lou Milano


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