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Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

"Newport, a port of entry, fashionable watering-place, semi-capital of #. Island, and capital of Newport co., is situated on the beautiful Narragansett Bay, and on the W. shore of the island of Rhode Island, about 5 miles from the ocean, 26 miles S. by E. of Providence, and 68 miles by railroad S. of Boston. Lat. 41° 29 N.; lon. 71°19' 12” W. It has a good harbor, which is capacious, safe, easy of access, and deep enough for the largest ships. The harbor is defended by Fort Adams, a granite fortress of great size and strength, which mounts 468 guns and is located on Brenton's Point, about 2 miles S.W. of the city. The climate of Newport is commended for mildness and equability, and is probably modified by the Gulf Stream. Its balmy atmosphere, varied scenery, and fine facilities for bathing and boating have rendered it one of the most fashionable watering places in the United States. Many Wealthy citizens of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia have erected cottages and palatial villas here, and there are also a number of large hotels. The magnificent steamboats which ply between New York and Fall River touch at New Port every day. Other steamboats run several times a day to Providence. This city is the S. terminus of the Old Colony Railroad. It contains a brick state-house, a custom house, a city hall, an academy of music, 16 churches, a synagogue 2 public libraries, 5 national banks, 3 savings-banks, and printing-offices which issue 1 daily and 2 weekly newspapers. Here is Trinity church, in which the eminent philosopher Berkeley preached about 1730. Among the remarkable institutions is the Redwood Library, which has about 20,000 volumes and many paintings, in a handsome Doric edifice. Newport has a public park, named Touro Park, on which stands an ancient building called the Round Tower, or Old Stone Mill. This place was settled in 1638, and was one of the chief commercial cities of New England before the Revolution. The population in 1774 was about 12,000. The war of independence ruined commerce, and nearly depopulated this town, which has never recovered its commercial importance. William Ellery Channing was born here in 1780. Newport has manufactures of cotton goods, brass, copper, fish oil, flour, &c. Pop. in 1870, 12,521; in 1880, 15,633; in 1890, 19,457."

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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The Walk on the Cliff

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

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Newport, from the Bay

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

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The Drive
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Commodore Perry's Statue and the "Old Mill"
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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On the Beach
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Old Fort Dumpling
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Ferry House and Opera House, from the Mall, Newport, R.I.

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Cliff View - "The Breakers" and "Ochre Court". Newport, R. I.

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  • 1639 - May 8 - William Coddington founds Newport RI
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  • 1678 - The first traffic law was created in 1678, when authorities banned galloping horses on local streets in Newport.
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  • Colonial Newport: An American Experiment


    Colonial Newport: An American Experiment (www.youtube.com)
  • 1732 - First Newspaper in Rhode Island
    The first [newspaper] in Rhode Island was "The Rhode Island Gazette," printed at Newport in 1732.
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  • News  1762 - August 22 - 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
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    August 22, 1762
  • 1763 - December 2 - Touro shul of Newport RI dedicated (oldest existing US synagogue)
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  • 1774 - The first circus in the United States was in Newport.
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  • 1778 - August 8 - French and American forces besiege Newport, RI
    www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/revolutionarywartimeline.htm
  • 1780 - July 11 - French troops arrive at Newport, RI, to aid the American cause
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  • 1819 - Newport
    Newport, an ancient commercial posttown, and semi-metropolis of the State, is situated in the southwest section of Rhode-Island; 30 miles south by... Read MORE...

  • 1828 - St. Mary's, Rhode Island's oldest Roman Catholic parish was founded in 1828 in Newport.
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  • 1862 - May 9 - US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI
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  • News  1866 - August 11 - World's 1st roller rink opens (Newport RI)
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    August 11, 1866
  • News  1876 - Masonic Temple?
    Two Newport, Rhode Island, antiquaries have been working away at the Old Stone null in hopes of finding a new theory. They are of opinion that it was ... Read MORE...

  • News  1877 - Musings
    An old lady at Newport, Rhode Island, talking of old times, told the following of a former belle of Newport, Miss Sally Champlin: 'She was a great... Read MORE...

  • 1881 - August 31 - 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, RI)
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  • 1895 - The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt's Newport mansion, completed
  • News  1903 - SEAMAN LOSES LIFE DURING YACHT RACES - EMMENSE WAVES SWEEP HIM FROM THE COLUMBIA.
    RELIANCE BREAKS A RECORD

    This Is the First Time in the History of American 90-Footers That a Fatal Accident Has Occurred, Races Called... Read MORE...

  • 1904 - Judge Darius Baker imposed the first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile on August 28, 1904 in Newport.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ rhode-island.html
  • 1906
    Newport, a city, port of entry, and fashionable watering-place of 11 node Island, capital of Newport co. and until 1900 one of the capitals of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - OVERTURNED CAR TRAPS 11. ONE WOMAN SEVERELY HURT; OTHERS FAINT IN NEWPORT TROLLEY ACCIDENT.
    Special to The New York Times.

    Newport, R. I., June 3. - A vestibule car of the Newport & Fall River division of the Old Colony Street Railway... Read MORE...

  • 1930 - America's Cup Yacht Race held off Newport
  • News  1943 - MORNING FIRE DAMAGES SHERMAN BUILDING - Blaze Believed To Have Started From Flue - Firemen in Hour and a Half Battle in Structure That Houses Daily News.
    Fire believed to have started early Monday from a defective exhaust flue in the Sherman building which houses the Daily News, resulted in a stubborn... Read MORE...

  • 1969 - Newport Bridge opened between Jamestown and Newport
  • "Discover Rhode Island" EP9: Newport - Full Episode


    "Discover Rhode Island" EP9: Newport - Full Episode (www.youtube.com)

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