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Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA

"Taunton, a manufacturing city, the capital of Bristol co., Mass., is situated at the head of navigation on Taunton River, 34 miles S. of Boston, 17 miles E.N.E. of Providence, and 15 miles N. by E. of Fall River. Lat. 41° 54'11" N.; lon. 71° 5' 55" W. It is on the Old Colony division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad system. It is handsomely built, is lighted with gas and electricity, and has a central park called “Taunton Green,” which name is often given to the central nucleus of the city itself, there being several villages, such as Weir, Walker, Oakland, Whittenton, and East Taunton, within the limits of the city. Many of the residences are beautiful, and are surrounded with highly-ornamental grounds. Taunton contains a court-house erected at a cost of $310,000, a city hall, 17 churches, a public library of 18,000 volumes, several elegant school buildings, a public high school, the Bristol Academy (incorporated in 1792), 3 national banks, 5 savings-institutions, a first-class hotel, and printing-offices which issue 1 weekly and 3 daily news papers. It has also a handsome new opera-house, and a new (1894) Odd Fellows hall. Among the churches, the Congregational, the Baptist, the Catholic, the Episcopal, and the Unitarian are considered fine specimens of architecture. Here is also a state lunatic asylum. The manufactures of Taunton are extensive, comprising cotton and other machinery, shoes, steam-engines, nails, tacks, screws, britannia-ware, jewelry, copper-ware, &c. It has 9 large cotton-mills, 15 foundries, several brick-yards with an annual output of about 20,000,000 bricks, and locomotive works which employ about 1200 men. The buildings of the Taunton Copper Company cover nearly 15 acres. Taunton was founded and first settled in 1639. It was incorporated as a township in 1639, and as a city in 1864. Pop. in 1850, 10,431; in 1860, 15,376; in 1870, 18,629; in 1880, 21,213; in 1890, 25,448; present pop, about 28,000."

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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Prospect Street Looking South. Taunton, Mass.

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Post Office and Court House

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Main Street, showing N.H. Skinner Co., Dry Goods, Carpets, Butterick Patterns

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Rail Road Station, 1906

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City Hotel, 1907

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Winslow Congregational Church

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Court Street, from Green

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Dean St., 1907

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Bristol County Fair, Grand Stand, 1907

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High School, 1907

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City Square, 1908

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Weir Bridge, 1908

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Public Library

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S. A. DUDLEY
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Manufacturers of SHUTTLES of every description
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The Green, 1913

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View at Sabbatia Park, 1913

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Bristol County Court House

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City Square, showing F. W. Woolworth Co.

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  • 1637 - Taunton founded
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  • 1774 - October 21 - First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America
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  • 2. TAUNTON. [Pop. 7,645. Inc. 1639.]
    The Indian name of this ancient town was Cohannet. It included within its limits, Berkeley, Raynham, Dighton, Norton, Easton, and Mansfield, about... Read MORE...

  • News  1853 - ANOTHER FRIGHTFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
    Saturday afternoon, as we learn from the Gazette, at half past two o'clock, as the New Bedford and Taunton train was about one mile and a half below T... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - 6,000 Employed
    About six thousand inhabitants of Taunton, Mass., are employed in its thirty factories, and there are $6,000,000 of capital invested therein. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 13, 1868
  • News  1869 - Shovel Manufactory Burned
    An extensive shovel manufactory at Taunton, Mass., was burned a few days ago, involving a loss of $100,000. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    August 21, 1869
  • Taunton Massachusetts, 1890
    TAUNTON is a prosperous and in some respects a model manufacturing city, lying in the northeasterly section of Bristol County, of which it is the semi... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Tannton, a city and one of the capitals of Bristol co., Mass., is situated at the head of navigation on the Taunton River, 35 miles S. of Boston, on t... Read MORE...

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