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New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA

"New Bedford, a city and port of entry of Massachusetts, one of the capitals of Bristol co, is situated on the W. bank of the Acushnet River, near its mouth in New Bedford harbor, an arm of Buzzard's Bay, 55 miles S. of Boston. Lat. 41° 38' N.; lon. 70° 56' W. Two bridges, both of which extend to Fairhaven, here cross the river, and a noted drive, called “French Avenue,” 4 miles long, around Clark's Point, on which is located a United States fort of granite, affords a fine view of the bay and river, New Bedford is noted for the elegance of its private residences, while its public institutions embrace a city hall (a Doric granite structure), a custom-house, 44 churches, a free public library (the first one established in the United States), masonic, Odd Fellows', and Young Men's Christian Association halls, a fine new post-office building, a high-school building which cost $126,000, 2 hospitals, an orphan asylum, 5 national banks, 2 savings-banks (with combined deposits and surplus of about $18,000,000), and printing-offices which issue 3 daily and 3 weekly newspapers. Its industrial establishments, of which there are about 675, employing 15,000 hands, whose wages amount to about $6,250,000 annually, embrace the Wamsutta Cotton-Mills (capital $3,000,000), Acushnet Cotton-Mills ($500,000), Bennett Yarn Manufacturing Company ($700,000), Columbia Yarn-Spinning Company ($750,000), Bristol Yarn Manufacturing Company ($500,000), City Cotton Yarn Company ($750,000), Grinnell Cotton Manufacturing Company ($800,000), Hathaway Cotton Manufacturing Company ($800,000), Howland Mills Yarn Company ($1,000,000), New Bedford Cotton Yarn Company ($500,000), Pierce Cotton Manufacturing Company ($600, 000), Potomska Mills Print Cloth Company ($1,200,000), Rotch Yarn-Spinning Company ($500,000), with other manufacturing concerns (cordage, shoes, flour, glass, silver ware, machinery, &c.), which employ in the aggregate an additional capital of over $6,000,000. New Bedford has an excellent public-school system, a board of trade with a membership of about 300, 125 miles of streets, 35 miles of which are macadamized, electric and horse street-railways, and an unsurpassed sewer system. Freight-steamers ply between this city and New York, and fast and elegant steamboats run hence to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Woods Hole, and other points in the vicinity. Formerly (1750–1850) New Bedford was largely engaged in the whale-fishery, at which time about 400 whaling-ships (now only about 45) belonged to the port, the average annual importations being about 60,000 barrels of sperm oil and 120,000 barrels of whale oil. Railways connect the city with Taunton and with Fall River. New Bedford was incorporated as a city in 1847. Pop. in 1880,26,845; in 1890, 40,133; in 1893, 52,300. Present pop. 55,356."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Old Bedford, Mass., Corner Union and Water Streets in 1810.
The Building at the extreme left of the picture was formerly the residence of William Rotch, Great-Grandfather of Ex-Mayor Morgan Rotch. The Elder Rotch may be seen in his chaise in the... Read MORE...

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Weld Square

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Whalers at Pier, New Bedford, Mass.

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Hazelwood Park, New Bedford, Mass.

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New Bedford, Mass. North Congregational Church. Purchase Street.

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Purchase Street, New Bedford, Mass.

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State Armory


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City Hall & Library

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North Congregational Church

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Parker House

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Post Office

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Engine No. 4, Fire Department, 1904

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Old Fort Rodman, 1907

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The Old and The New No. 9 Engine
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Clifford School


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One of New Bedford Quaint Streets. Johney Cake Hill, Corner Union and Bethel Streets.

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Nonquitt Mill, built 1906 on Belleville Avenue by Nonquitt Spinning Company

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Street Railway Transfer Station, 1910

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Soule Mill, built 1901 on Sawyer St.

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Textile School, 1910

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Wamsutta Mills, built 1846, on Acushnet Ave

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Sylvia Ann Howland School, 1911

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NEW BEDFORD ICE COMPANY
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
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12 SCHOOL STREET

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1912 Publisher: Boston :... Read MORE...



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The ACUSHNET SANITARIUM
Sanitarium Treatment
Electric Light Baths
Hydro-Electric Baths
Sitz Baths
Spray and Shower Baths
Nauheim Baths
Radioescent Lights
Scotch Douche
Salt Glows
Massage - General and Facial

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Private Wires to New York and Boston
G. J. SWAIN & CO.
Stock and Investment Brokers

Room 4, Cummings Bldg., New Bedford, Mass.

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FIRST NATIONAL BANK
110 Union Street, corner of South Second Street

CAPITAL $1,000,000
SURPLUS AND UNDIVIDED PROFITS 700,000

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Purchase Street North from Union Street

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New High School, 1913

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Sturtevant's Garage
14 Ward St.
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New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1915) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1915 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.

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The Wilson Inn
Corner of Purchase and Walnut Sts.
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R.R. Station


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Loading Pavilion of Coaster, Overlooking Bay, Acushnet Park

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Third District Court House and Mechanics National Bank

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Registry of Deeds and Y.M.C.A. Buildings

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Olympia Theatre

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Nurses' Home. St. Luke's Hospital.

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The New Bedford Hotel
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History and News of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

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    History of New Bedford, Massachusetts (www.youtube.com)
  • 1. NEW BEDFORD. [Pop. 12,087. Inc. 1787.]
    This town, called by the Indians Acushnet, was once a part of Dartmouth.

    The first settlers are supposed to have belonged to the Society of... Read MORE...

  • News  1850 - Better Get Married
    Out of 258 deaths in New Bedford, Massachusetts, last year, 56 were married females, and 183 single. The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 16, 1850
  • News  1857 - Unseasonable Weather
    On the 22d of December, the weather was so unseasonable in the neighborhood of New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the farmers employed their teams in pl... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - The African Slave-Trade.; ARREST OF TWO NEW-BEDFORD MEN ON A CHARGE OF FITTING OUT A SLAVER.
    Standard of Aug. 9

    The New-Bedford (Mass.) says:

    "Deputy United States Marshal, S.H. BICKNELL, of Boston, arrived in this city last evening, hav... Read MORE...

  • News  1862 - Whale Ship Burned by Confederates
    September 18, 1862

    The whale ship Elisha Dunbar of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was captured and burned by the Confederate privateer Alabama.... Read MORE...

  • News  1863 - A Drafted Clergyman.; HE DETERMINES TO SHOULDER THE MUSKET.
    Rev. W.J. POTTER, Unitarian clergyman, in New-Bedford, Mass., was among the drafted in that town, and on the Sunday succeeding the day when he was dra... Read MORE...

  • News  1866 - Stole Money from Letters
    A lad seventeen years of age, employed as a clerk in the postoffice at New Bedford, Massachusetts, has been arrested for opening letters and purloinin... Read MORE...

  • News  1866 - A New Sect.
    We see by our Eastern exchanges that a new religious sect has sprung up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. One of its most admirable peculiarities is the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Wealthiest in America
    In proportion to population, New Bedford (Mass.) is the wealthiest city in America. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 3, 1868
  • News  1870 - Babies Abandoned
    A pair of baby girls have been left at a house in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and it has been discovered that the father of them is seventeen years ol... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Our Frozen Possessions - A Sea Captain's Opinion About Mr. Seward's Purchase - The North-West Pasasge.
    We make the following extracts from a letter recently written to the Titusville Herald by Capt. LEONARD HARTWELL, of New-Bedford, Mass.:

    "Having sp... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - 5 Drowned
    New Bedford, Mass., January 22. - A sad accident occurred here yesterday. Five boys, two named Wilkinson, two named Smith and one named Sharplier were... Read MORE...

  • News  1875 - Measles
    The measles keep eight hundred children out of the public schools of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Harrisburg Telegraph
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    May 31, 1875
  • 1876 - July 31 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)
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  • News  1876 - Fell from Ship Topmast
    Robert H. Auld, a ship-rigger, fell from the topmast of a vessel at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday, and was instantly killed. The Times
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    November 20, 1876
  • News  1888 - Two earthquake shocks occurred at New Bedford, Mass., on the 29th.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888
  • New Bedford Massachusetts, 1890
    NEW BEDF0RD, long noted for its whale fisheries and for the wealth and urbanity of its people, is a city of 5,598 dwelling-houses and 33,393 inhabitan... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - Explosion of Dynamite at New Bedford.
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 5 - Workmen engaged in the excavation of a sewer trench in Grape street to-day had a narrow escape from death. One man went t... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - Lizzie Borden acquitted in murder of parents in New Bedford Mass
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    June 20, 1893
  • News  1896 - An Eastern Cyclone - New Bedford, Massachusetts is Devastated by Wind.
    THE LOSS IS OVER $100,000.
    Buildings Blown Down and Many Persons Injured - Fire Adds to the Horrors of the Occasion

    New Bedford, Mass., Sept. 19 -... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    New Bedford, a city and port of entry of Massachusetts, one of the capitals of Bristol co., is situated on the bank of the Acushnet River, near its mo... Read MORE...

  • News  1928 - LOSS REACHES $371,000 AT NEW BEDFORD FIRE
    General Alarm Sounded at Early Morning Blaze - Commercial House Razed

    New Bedford, Jan. 29 - (AP) - A general alarm at 2:30 this morning called the... Read MORE...

  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New En... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...At New Bedford, Mass., high tides flooded a power station cutting off all electric current to the city...

    The Times Record Troy New York 1954-08... Read MORE...

  • 1975 - August 2 - 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
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