[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 117, 108th Congress, 1st Session]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

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Public Law 108-94
108th Congress

An Act

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of Coltsville
in the State of Connecticut for potential inclusion in the National Park
System. [NOTE: Oct. 3, 2003 -  [S. 233]]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress [NOTE: Coltsville Study Act of
2003.] assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Coltsville Study Act of 2003''.


Congress finds that--
(1) Hartford, [NOTE: Colt Manufacturing
Company.] Connecticut, home to Colt Manufacturing Company
(referred to in this Act as ``Colt''), played a major role in
the Industrial Revolution;
(2) Samuel Colt, founder of Colt, and his wife, Elizabeth
Colt, inspired Coltsville, a community in the State of
Connecticut that flourished during the Industrial Revolution and
included Victorian mansions, an open green area, botanical
gardens, and a deer park;
(3) the residence of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt in Hartford,
Connecticut, known as ``Armsmear'', is a national historic
landmark, and the distinctive Colt factory is a prominent
feature of the Hartford, Connecticut, skyline;
(4) the Colt legacy is not only about firearms, but also
about industrial innovation and the development of technology
that would change the way of life in the United States,
(A) the development of telegraph technology; and
(B) advancements in jet engine technology by Francis
Pratt and Amos Whitney, who served as apprentices at
(5) Coltsville--
(A) set the standard for excellence during the
Industrial Revolution; and
(B) continues to prove significant--
(i) as a place in which people of the United
States can learn about that important period in
history; and
(ii) by reason of the close proximity of
Coltsville to the Mark Twain House, Trinity
College, Old North Cemetery, and many historic
homesteads and architecturally renowned buildings;
(6) in 1998, the National Park Service conducted a special
resource reconnaissance study of the Connecticut River Valley to
evaluate the significance of precision manufacturing sites; and

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(7) the report on the study stated that--
(A) no other region of the United States contains an
equal concentration of resources relating to the
precision manufacturing theme that began with firearms
(B) properties relating to precision manufacturing
encompass more than merely factories; and
(C) further study, which should be undertaken, may
recommend inclusion of churches and other social


(a) In General.--Not [NOTE: Deadline.] later than 3 years after
the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the
Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the ``Secretary'')
shall complete a study of the site in the State of Connecticut commonly
known as ``Coltsville'' to evaluate--
(1) the national significance of the site and surrounding
(2) the suitability and feasibility of designating the site
and surrounding area as a unit of the National Park System; and
(3) the importance of the site to the history of precision

(b) Applicable Law.--The study required under subsection (a) shall
be conducted in accordance with Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-1 et

SEC. 4. [NOTE: Deadline.] REPORT.

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the study under
section 3(a) is completed, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee
on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that describes--
(1) the findings of the study; and
(2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.


There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary
to carry out this Act.

Approved October 3, 2003.


HOUSE REPORTS: No. 108-252 (Comm. on Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 108-9 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
Mar. 4, considered and passed Senate.
Sept. 23, considered and passed House.