When someone mentions the state of Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind is colleges and universities. That’s because Connecticut reputation for having the nation’s most prestigious universities circles the globe.
Let’s see there’s Yale University, Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Connecticut is one of the original 13 colonies; it played a big role in the development of the Federal Government of The United States.
In modern times the emergence of digital media had a huge impact on Connecticut’s economy, today it has more than 1,200 media businesses located in the state, including thee Sports Media Giant – ESPN.
Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Connecticut; among which United Technologies – the parent company of – Carrier and Otis Elevator.
Connecticut is a small state with a dense population; it has over 3.6 million residents.
The most populous cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and it’s capital; the city of Hartford.
Hamburg, New York; Athens, Texas, and Seymour, Wisconsin all have one thing in common, they have legends that claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger.
New Haven, Connecticut has a restaurant known as Louis Lunch that claims that they served that first hamburger. They are still open, and guess what they still serve hamburgers as they did in 1900.
Louis Lassen is said to have made and sold his first hamburger in 1900. He had no Ketchup, so the hamburgers sold at Louis Lunch have – no Ketchup.
He did not have hamburger rolls either, so at Louis Lunch hamburgers are served on two slices of toasted white bread.
They’re still cooked on the 1898 cast iron grills that cooked – Burger Number One.
Louis Lunch is a family owned restaurant; it’s currently managed by one of Louis’ great-grandsons.
After a great burger where is there to go in Connecticut; Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum – a state-owned natural history preserve occupying 80 acres in the town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
The state park protects one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, it’s embedded fossil tracks date back some 200 million years.
Worldwide and thru time, children have been delighted by books such as:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
These books have been translated into various languages and a countless amount of people have either seen the movie or read one of those tales. Some both.
The author of those books was Mark Twain.
The house where Mark Twain lived from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut has been preserved and it’s now a museum.
It’s known as The Mark Twain House and Museum.
Mark Twain birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
The Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States.
Known for its ships and re-creation of a 19th-century seaside village.
The United States Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, is located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut.
It’s the only submarine museum managed by the Naval History and Heritage Command division of the United States Navy.
The museum has 33,000 artifacts, including the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world, the USS Nautilus.
Connecticut has some interesting national parks and trails like the The Appalachian Trail which is 2,180 miles long. It’s trail starts in Maine and ends in Georgia.
The New England Trail is more compact it covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges and mountains of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The New England trail consists of: trap-rock ridges, historic village centers, and farmlands, silent streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is in 35 towns from northeastern Connecticut to south-central Massachusetts.
1,100 of it’s miles are forests and farms with rivers.
As we can now appreciate Connecticut is more than just a state with prestigious universities is a piece of history, at it’s best.