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Historic Community Events
Hartford Michigan

1877 and 1879 Fire destroys much of downtown Hartford
1958 Building of a new water tower            2006Water tower update
1968 Fire in downtown Hartford – newspaper articles and photos.
1985 Vietnam Memorial in Ely Park – series of articles and photos. 
2004   4-9-2004 – The Hartford House Fire (many photos)
4-11-2004 – After the Fire photos.
4-13-2004 – Demolition of the Hartford House.
4-16-2004 – What’s left of the Hartford House after fire and demolition.
  5-8-2004 – Mann Metal Fire
  5-21-2004 – Storm damage to Keeler-Hartford area.
2005 9-13-2005 – Rumors Lounge (formerly known as CJ’s Bar and Grill, Cronin’s Bar, Atlas Pool Room and Stag Club). Rumors remodeled after the fire, however, never seemed to recover.  The business closed in 2007(?).
  11-13-2005 – Mann Metal Fire
2006 8-2006 – Red Arrow Elementary – major playground equipment update.
2007 12/2007 Doranne Green Subdivison Community Opens.
2008 2-15-2008 Fire hits downtown Hartford again.

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