Disaster

De-railed train, Hartford
De-railed train, Hartford
- Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Online

From natural to manmade, disasters in our state’s history help define who we are as a community. In Connecticut’s early centuries, fires were among the most frequently occurring manmade disaster. For example, wood-framed mills and factories housed volatile manufacturing materials, which made them vulnerable to devastating blazes. Natural disasters have included storms, floods, and other forms of severe weather, capable of ravaging the landscape in a matter of minutes. Catastrophic though disasters are, they also remind us of the fragility of the natural and built environments—and of the ability of Connecticut’s people to rebuild and fortify the state.

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Websites

“Exhibit - Going Beyond the Call: Southern New England Telephone Company’s Response to Natural Disasters in Connecticut.” Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries, 2013. Link.
“The Blizzard of 1888 - The Eye of the Storm: A Journey into the Natural Disasters in Connecticut.” Connecticut History Online, 2012. Link.
“Timeline Connecticut Disasters.” Connecticut State Library, 2012. Link.

Video

“The Tariffville Trainwreck.” Simsbury Community Television, Inc., 2012. Link.
Hanley, Rich, and Connecticut Public Television. When Disaster Struck Connecticut. Vol. 1. Connecticut Collection. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Public Television, 2006.

Documents

“Aerial Survey of the 1938 Hurricane - Digital Collection.” Connecticut State Library, 2013. Link.
“Research Guide to the Hartford Circus Fire, July 6, 1944.” Connecticut State Library, 2012. Link.

Books

Allen, Everett S. A Wind to Shake the World: The Story of the 1938 Hurricane. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1976.
Grant, Ellsworth S. Connecticut Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival. Guilford, CT: TwoDot, 2006.
Kendrick, John. History of the Wallingford Disaster. Hartford, CT: Case  Lockwood & Brainard Company Printers, 1878. Link.
New England Historical Events Association. Photo Record, Hurricane and Flood, New England’s Greatest Disaster. New York, NY: New English Historical Events Association, 1938.
O’Nan, Stewart. The Circus Fire: A True Story. New York: Doubleday, 2000.
Western Connecticut’s Great Flood Disaster, August 19, 1955. Waterbury, CT: Waterbury Republican-American, 1955.
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