Windsor Locks - Cemetery by Tracks

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1:41 AM - Oct 26, 2003 #1

When the Hartford & Springfield line first came to Windsor Locks in 1844, the tracks, which parallel the west bank of the Windsor Locks canal, were laid over a burial ground of canal workers and members of their families. I have documentary evidence that this was done with the knowledge of the railroad. A 1935 index of Connecticut cemeteries identifies the adjacent site just west of the tracks about 100 yard north of the old train station as a cemetery listing five burials from the 1860s and 1870s. Several stones found in the area corroborate this. This seems to indicate that the site was used as a burial ground well after the railroad came in. Does anybody have any information or maps that may confirm the existence of the cemetery? Is it possible that those buried there had some connection to the railroad?