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What is the history of Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA?

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"Central Falls, a post-village of Providence co, R.I., on the Blackstone River, and on the Providence & Worcester Railroad, 4 1/ 2 miles N. of Providence. It has 6 churches, a newspaper office, cotton-, woollen-, silk- and hair-cloth mills, and manufactures of machinery, leather, &c., for which the river furnishes water-power. Pop. 11,435."

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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  • 1676 - King Philip's War
    Central Falls has historic significance as being the site of a major battle during King Philip's War. It was here on March 26, 1676 that Narragansett ...Read MORE...


  • 1824 - Chocolateville becomes Central Falls
    In the 18th century, Captain Stephen Jenks built a trip hammer and blacksmith shop along the Blackstone River, forming the nucleus of what would...Read MORE...


  • 1871 - Central Falls becomes part of Lincoln
    Originally, Central Falls was one of the many villages within the town of Smithfield, but in 1871, having experienced a growth spurt, it split into...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Central Falls breaks from Lincoln
    Lincoln experienced its own growth spurt, so in 1895 Lincoln split into two towns, giving birth to the city of Central Falls.

    en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Central_Falls,_Rhode_Island

  • 1904 - The Cogswell Tower in Central Falls was the site of an Indian observation point in use during King Phillips War in 1676. The tower was built in 1904 as part of the last will and testament of Caroline Cogswell.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ rhode-island.html

  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    Hook and Ladder Company, 1907
  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    U.S. Cotton Co., Central Falls, R.I.
  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    Central Falls, R.I. Bird's Eye View
    looking West from Cogswell Memorial Tower
  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    Fire Station, Broad St, Central Falls, R.I.
  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    City Hall, Central Falls, R.I.
  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    The famous Tin Bridge & Water Works
    Central Falls, R.I.
  • 1916
    Central Falls, a city of Providence co., R.I., on the Blackstone River and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 4 1/ 2 miles N. of Providence....Read MORE...


  • Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA
    Holy Trinity Church


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