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Address: 350 Barbour Street, Hartford, CT

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This part of town is not the best so if you decide to go, go in the day time. It's also located behind a school. The only reason I went was because I had family in the fire but... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This part of town is not the best so if you decide to go, go in the day time. It's also located behind a school. The only reason I went was because I had family in the fire but they made it out okay. The grounds are not kept up. There is not much but the plaques on the rocks... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This memorial commemorates the Hartford circus fire of 1944. It is located at the place where the tent was erected for this circus. The memorial lists the 168 names of those who died in the fire and briefly tells the story of the fire. It is not easy to find this memorial as there is only a small sign on... More 

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Thank Calhu
Porterville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Go during the middle day. The area is in the middle of the ghetto. The site is behind the Wish school. When we visited we got there late in the day and were hesitant to even get out of the car. As we pulled into the lot we noticed a police car parked watching the area, so we got out... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

Boring and strange. For such an historic event there could be a lot more to this. It's a plaque and trees.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A wonderful tribute to 169 lost souls that just wanted a great day at the Circus! A place in history that will never be forgotten!

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Thank TheVoiceofCT
New Haven, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The surrounding neighborhood is dotted with abandoned cars, dilapidated buildings, shattered glass and garbage lining the streets, and small groups of people hanging out. I wasn't sure I was in the right place until I noticed a very small, non-discript sign on the street which led me to the back of the elementary school where the memorial is located. As... More 

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Thank treylew
Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I visited the memorial on July 13, 2013, and was impressed at its elegance and simplicity - though I was also saddened to see that the surrounding neighborhood includes a number of abandoned buildings and appears to have seen better days. The memorial itself stands in an open field behind an elementary school (I like to imagine the modern-day children... More 

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