The Keney Memorial Tower is one of Hartford's great forgotten landmarks. Tucked away across from the
With Spring now in bloom, the season for one of Hartford's natural phenomenons, mattress season, has arrived. Sad City reader Dave P. sent in this picture that captures not only Hartford's forgotten landmark, but a rare off sidewalk mattress sighting.
This photo of a mattress at the foot of the Keney Memorial Tower poses quite a vexing question; was this mattress dumped at Hartford's forgotten landmark or was it moved to the foot of the tower so a fan of Hartford landmarks could camp out by the tower?
If it was dumped here, what would compel the dumper to drag the mattress a few hundred yards to the base of the tower? And if it was set up for camping why not drag it around the other side of the tower where one would be shielded from the noise of traffic? It seems as if we have ran into a great Hartford mystery.
Either way perhaps Hartford could use this mattress as inspiration for tourism and introduce a new urban camping program. The city could go one step further and combine urban camping with urban kayaking in Hartford's forgotten river and become a tourism mecca for those looking for an outdoor adventure in an urban environment.
Inspiration from this mattress aside, we still don't know the motivation of this particular mattress discarded. What so the readers think? Mattress dumper or urban camper?