Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be in Hartford on Saturday to tour Coltsville, the industrial neighborhood that the city and congressional delegation have been trying to get designated as a national historic park.

He will be joined by U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, who announced the visit today, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

Malloy is a big backer of using the state’s history for tourism, and Coltsville has a special place in U.S. history as the home of Samuel Colt and his company, Colt Firearms.

It is not Salazar’s first visit to Connecticut.

As a senator from Colorado, Salazar was one of several senators to campaign here (Joe Biden was another) on behalf of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman a week before the Democratic primary Lieberman lost to Ned Lamont in 2006, the start of his career as an independent.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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