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Windsor Locks in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Irish Immigrants Memorial

 
 
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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 24, 2022
1. Irish Immigrants Memorial
Inscription.  
More than 400 Irish immigrants came to this area between 1827 and 1829 to build the canal next to where this park now stands. These brave people lived in makeshift camps and worked dawn until dusk in hard and dangerous conditions to build a safe bypass of the Connecticut River Rapids and make a home for themselves in a new land.

It is believed that the remains of many laborers and their families lie in a forgotten Irish Catholic burial ground now located under the railroad tracks 100 yards north of this spot on the opposite side of the canal.

This memorial is placed in honor of all the Irish canal workers and their families especially those souls buried in the cemetery.
 
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: ImmigrationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
 
Location. 41° 56.008′ N, 72° 37.599′ W. Marker is in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker can be reached from Connecticut Route 140 north of Canal Bank Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located about
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100 yards from the parking lot for the Canal Path in Windsor Locks State Park. This lot may be reached from the intersection of CT 140 and Canal Bank Road. The park is north of the Montgomery Mills buildings. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Windsor Locks CT 06096, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Canal Today (within shouting distance of this marker); The Windsor Locks Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Windsor Locks (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Windsor Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Windsor Locks Vietnam War Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Windsor Locks Korean Conflict Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Windsor Locks World War I and II Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Windsor Locks.
 
Also see . . .  Enfield Falls Canal (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 25, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Irish Immigrants Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 24, 2022
2. Irish Immigrants Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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