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Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Providence was so called by Roger Williams, "for God's merciful providence to me in my distress."
How New England Towns Received Their Names
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New London, Connecticut
October 21, 1914

George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical entertainment.


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  • 1636 - ROGER WILLIAMS was banished from the colony of Massachusetts due to his outspoken views of religious inequality, fled to the head of Narraganset Bay, and there, with a few followers, planted the seed of the commonwealth of Rhode Island in 1636

    rhodeislandcolonialera.weebly.com/ culture.html

  • 1647 - Three settlements united with Providence, formed single government
    Anne Hutchinson and her followers founded Portsmouth in 1638, while others of the same group established Newport. In 1643, several dissidents from Pro...Read MORE...


  • 1662 - January 27 - 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)

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  • 1663 - King Charles II granted charter for Rhode Island, Providence Plantations
    THE CHARTER, GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II., July 8, 1663, and in force until the adoption of the Constitution, May, 1843.

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  • 1764 - Brown University in Providence is the state's oldest institution of higher education and one of the oldest in the nation. It was chartered in 1764 as Rhode Island College.

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

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    Brown University, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

    Brown was founded in 1764 — the third college in New England and the seventh in Colonial America. Brown was the first Ivy League school to... Read MORE...

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  • News 1772 - 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI
    Rhode Island residents burn British ship Gaspee to protest tax laws.

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996...Read MORE...


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    First Baptist Meeting House

    It is the oldest Baptist church congregation in the United States, founded in 1638 by Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island. The present church building was erected between 1774 and 75 and held its first meetings... Read MORE...

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  • In 1791, Providence Bank was established with capital of $400,000.
    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
    Page 229

  • News 1804 - Brown university, founded in 1764, at Providence, Rhode Island, was known as Rhode Island college until 1804, when its name changed in honor of Nicolas Brown, American merchant, who had given it $100,000.

    The Morning Herald
    Hagerstown, Maryland
    May 7, 1926

  • 1815 - Destructive hurricane hits New England
    "The Great September Gale" hit New England in September of 1815. It first made landfall on Long Island, N.Y., and then again in Connecticut. The storm...Read MORE...


  • News 1817 - An Elm tree is standing near Providence, R. I. which measures, 4 feet from the ground, 21 feet in circumference.
    There are 18 main branches, averaging 6 feet 3 inches in circumference; the circumference, of the whole outline of the branches is 378 feet!

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    Spectator
    New York
    September 16, 1817

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    The Arcade, Built 1828

    Located in the center of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, The Arcade Providence was built in 1828 and it is the oldest indoor mall in the United States. arcadeprovidence.com

    The Arcade is a 3-story, stucco rubble Greek ... Read MORE...

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    Plant of Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co.

    BROWN & SHARPE MFG. CO., Makers of Machinery and Tools. -- In manufacturing interests Providence is one of the leading cities in the country. There are various causes for this supremacy, among which... Read MORE...

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    Kendall Mfg. Cos
    Established 1837
    Soapine
    The Dirt Killer
    Will Not Injure Hands or Fabric
    Providence, R.I.

    Henry L. Kendall (1805-1883) founded a soap manufactory in Providence, R.I. in 1827. The Kendall Manufacturing Co. was incorporated in ... Read MORE...

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    PERRY DAVIS' PAIN KILLER
    IT HAS STOOD THE TEST OF FORTY YEARS' TRIAL.
    PERRY DAVIS & SON, Proprietors, Providence, R.I.

    Perry Davis' Pain Killer was an American opium elixir marketed globally after 1839. Perry Davis’ Pain Killer, a combination... Read MORE...

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  • News 1842 - May 19 – Dorr Rebellion: Militiamen supporting Thomas Wilson Dorr attack the arsenal in Providence, Rhode Island, but are repulsed.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 19, 1842

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    The Old White Mill, Cranston St., 1912

    The Old White Mill was originally a state arsenal; garrisoned in May 1842; unsuccessfully attacked by Thos. W. Dorr and his forces; used in turn as a grist-mill; woolen mill and cotton mill; and purchased by ... Read MORE...

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    Grace Church

    Grace Church is an historic Episcopal church at 300 Westminster Street at Mathewson Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It was built in 1845-46 and was designed by Richard Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style.

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  • News 1848 - A man in Providence, Rhode Island, bet five dollars that he could eat a large basket of peaches in one hour.
    He was successful, having dispatched one hundred and fifty-two good sized peaches in fifty-two minutes.

    Another man ate a basket full without betti...Read MORE...


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    Arcade, Providence
    THE HISTORY & TOPOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, published by J & F Tallis in London about 1850.
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    St. Francis Xavier's Academy

    St. Francis Xavier Academy was opened by the Sisters of Mercy with twenty students in 1851. At that time, it was both a boarding school and a day school. In 1874, a building with convent and school was erected on... Read MORE...

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  • 1854 - Providence
    Providence, a city, port of entry and seat of justice of Providence county, Rhode Island, and semi-capital of the state, is situated at the head of na...Read MORE...


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    Rhode Island State Normal School, 1912

    Rhode Island Normal School was a teacher preparatory college that has since become Rhode Island College. The school was established in 1854, and was housed in several different buildings in the city until... Read MORE...

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  • News 1857 - The Boiler Explosion at Providence.
    The Providence papers contain full accounts of the boiler explosion in the India Rubber works of NATH. HAYWARD, on Thursday morning. The Journal says:...Read MORE...


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    1890s
    Horsfords Acid Phosphate
    Rumford Chemical Works
    Providence, R.I.

    George Francis Wilson was a school teacher and principal of the Chicago Academy in Illinois who had a desire to enter industry. He moved back to his native town of... Read MORE...

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    Coleman & Remington
    Photographie Studio
    25 Westminster St.
    Providence, R.I.

    Founded by William Coleman and O. M. Remington, 1868

    Coleman never married or had children, and he lived in various boarding houses throughout his life. He worked... Read MORE...

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  • News 1873 - Joseph Sweet, ninety-one years of age, has been elected President of the Eagle National Bank at Providence, Rhode Island.
    Whether Joseph will make it sweeter for himself or the bank is not definitely known.
    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    April 24, 1873

  • News 1873 - Providence, Rhode Island, has a big gasometer, and the city papers are confident its dome is the largest in the world, it being 140 feet in diameter, or one foot larger than the dome of St. Peter's in Rome.
    It holds, above the top of the tank, 1,540,000 cubic feet.
    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    April 8, 1873

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    Butler Exchange,
    Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 1908

    The late 19th century was a time of growing prosperity for the city of Providence, and few buildings indicated this as well as the Butler Exchange. This massive commercial block was built in... Read MORE...

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    Scenes in Providence
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
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    The Callendar McAuslan and Troup Company

    Callendar, McAuslan and Troop’s “Boston Store” opened in the early 1870s at the corner of Westminster and Union Streets. The success of Providence’s first department store led not only to its substantial... Read MORE...

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  • 1877 - President Rutherford Hayes tested new telephone, call from Rocky Point to Providence, distance 8 miles
    The rich and the famous also came to Rocky Point. One of its most illustrious visitors was President Rutherford B. Hayes, who visited here in 1877, th...Read MORE...


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    Narragansett Hotel, est. 1877

    NARRAGANSETT HOTEL, L. H. Humphreys, Lessee. -- The great hotel of the present has the population of a small village, yet the guests have extraordinary fare and every comfort. Humanity is in one of these mammoth... Read MORE...

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  • 1878 - George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical entertainment.

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

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    City Hall

    Providence City Hall is the center of the municipal government in Providence, Rhode Island, and is located at the southwest end of Kennedy Plaza at 25 Dorrance Street. The building was constructed between 1875 and 1878 and designed by... Read MORE...

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    Hotel Dorrance, 1909

    Built in 1878, demolished in 1978
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    Empire Theatre

    The Empire Theatre has a long history that began in 1878 as Low's Opera House, when it was a rival to the Providence Opera House on Dorrance Street, opened seven years earlier in 1871. It was re-built, reopening on October 24, 1898 ... Read MORE...

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    English High School

    In September 1878, a “magnificent” new high school was dedicated on Pond Street from plans made by prominent Providence architect William H. Walker. The old high school at Benefit and Waterman Streets had been overcrowded for... Read MORE...

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  • News 1882 - Six of the persons injured in yesterday's fire in the Callender building, Providence, Rhode Island, have already died, and it is expected that the injuries of others will prove fatal.

    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    November 22, 1882

  • News 1888 - MORE FIRES IN PROVIDENCE. THE THIRD LARGE BLAZE WITHIN FIVE DAYS.
    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 19. - The third large fire during the last five days occurred this afternoon on the scene of the disastrous conflagration of S...Read MORE...


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    S. S. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral

    In 1873, Patrick Keely was selected to draw the plans for one of the finest churches in the country. The following year, work on the foundation of a temporary church began when Bishop Hendricken signed a... Read MORE...

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  • News 1890 - THE BIG PROVIDENCE FIRE. THOUSANDS OF CURIOUS PERSONS WATCHING THE RUINS.
    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 14. - Thousands of spectators flocked around the scene of Saturday's half-million-dollar fire to-day. Chief of Police Child or...Read MORE...


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    Good Will Engine Co., No. 13
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    Murray, Spink & Co.
    Jobbers of Fancy Goods,
    Show Cases in Large Variety,
    26, 28, & 30 Pine Street, & 26 Hay Street,
    Providence, R.I.

    MURRAY, SPINK & CO., Importers and Jobbers of Fancy Goods, Nos. 26, 28 and 30 Pine Street and No. 30 Hay... Read MORE...

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  • 1894 - April 10 - Providence, RI received 9 inches of snow

    The Weather Channel

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    Crown Hotel

    Built in 1894, designed by Gould, Angell & Swift for the Providence Athletic Association, the seven-story building grew by two floors in 1901 when it was refitted for use as a hotel. In the 1950s, Johnson & Wales Business College... Read MORE...

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  • News 1895 - KILLED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION - The Accident Occurs Just as a Crowd of Rhode Island Ice Harvesters Begin Work on Mashapang Pond.
    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 4 - A boiler exploded at the icehouses of Earl, Carpenter & Sons, at Mashapang Pond this morning. Four men were killed and six...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Damage Done By High Tide.
    Providence, Feb. 9. - The high tide has done damage in this city almost equal to the great flood of September 1868. Base...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Providence
    Providence, a city (the second of New England in population, wealth, and importance), port of entry, and one of the capitals of the state of Rhode Isl...Read MORE...


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    R.I. Institute for Deaf and Dumb

    Built in 1895, the Rhode Island School for the Deaf was called the R.I. Institute for Deaf and Dumb from 1895 to 1930.
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  • News 1896 - Gotta De Mon' - An Italian Banker Skips From Providence, Rhode Island
    Providence, R. I., Sept. 2. - The Banca Popolare has closed its doors and today there was an excited lot of depositors in the Italian colony on Federa...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - November 22 - Announcements
    E.W. Theinert, of Providence, R.I., will deliver an address upon socialism in U. V. W. Hall this evening at 7:30...
    Worcester Daily Spy
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    November 22, 1896

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    Banigan Building, built 1896

    Hailed as the first tall, steel-frame, “fireproof” building in Providence, the ten-and-one-half-story granite-sheathed Banigan Building was built on speculation by Joseph Banigan, founder of a large plant for rubber... Read MORE...

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  • 1898 - Providence - The Colony of Hope by William B. Weeden
    The capital of Rhode Island, the second city of New England, an agricultural village in the seventeenth, a commercial port in the eighteenth, and a ce...Read MORE...


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    View of Providence, from the South, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
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    The Capitol, 1898

    Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.
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  • News 1899 - Socialist Labor Party. E. W. Theinert of Providence Was the Orator of the Evening

    Pawtucket Times
    Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    March 31, 1899

  • News May 15, 1900: Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.
    NOTE: Olneyville is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island
    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    May 15, 1900

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    The Mall, Exchange Place, Providence, R.I.
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    Civic Center
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    Concert Pavilion and Casino, Roger Williams Park, Providence, R. I.

    The Park was created when Betsey Williams, great, great, great granddaughter of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, left 102 acres of farm and woodland to the City of... Read MORE...

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    Washington Bridge. Providence, R. I.
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    Public Library, 1919

    Providence Public Library of Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1875. The central library building at 225 Washington Street opened in 1900 and was constructed in a Renaissance style with private donations including a... Read MORE...

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    Union Trust Building

    The Union Trust Company Building is a historic building at 170 Westminster Street and 62 Dorrance Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

    It is a twelve-story steel-framed structure, faced in brick and stone.... Read MORE...

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  • News 1904 - SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS - City Ordinance Does Not Appear to Be Effective.
    The sidewalks in the city of Providence are beginning to assume the same condition as last winter, many of them being already covered with snow and ic...Read MORE...


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    John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

    John Carter Brown’s famed Americana collection was initially formed in 1846 through a series of three spectacular purchases – in February, June, and November of that year – that made the Brown family... Read MORE...

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    Carrie Tower, Brown University, Providence, R. I.

    Carrie Tower was erected in 1904, a gift of Paul Bajnotti of Turin, Italy, and a memorial to his wife, born Caroline Mathilde Brown, granddaughter of Nicholas Brown 1786, for whom the University... Read MORE...

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  • News 1905 - $100,000 FIRE IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
    Providence, R. I., March 16 - Fire and water today damaged Music Hall block in the center of the city to an amount estimated at $100,000.
    The Piqua Daily Call
    Piqua, Ohio
    March 16, 1905

  • News 1905 - PANIC FOLLOWS EXPLOSION. All Providence Scared Over Prediction of Christmas Disaster.
    Special to The New York Times.

    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 22. - A slight explosion in a jewelry factory, within a short block of the shopping district...Read MORE...


  • News 1905 - PIRATE DRUGGED HIM. Arrested Shipmate Tells Strange Story of Sloop Dorado.
    Special to The New York Times.

    NEWPORT, Oct. 24. - The arrest of Otto Steifel in Providence to-day proved of great importance in clearing up the my...Read MORE...


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    Providence Protective Dept. House on Richmond St.
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    Randall Square
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  • 1906
    Providence, a city, port of entry, capital of the state of Rhode Island, and the county seat of Providence co., is situated at the head of navigation ...Read MORE...


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    Journal Building. Providence, R. I.

    The ornate new building was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Robert Swain Peabody of the noted Boston firm of Peabody & Stearns. It was completed in 1906. wikipedia
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    Ezeja Le. N.S. Do. Rozario. Open September 9, 1906.
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    New State Armory

    The Cranston Street Armory is an historic building in the Broadway–Armory Historic District of Providence, Rhode Island. It was built in 1907 at a cost of $650,000.00. wikipedia
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    Corner of Elwood and Potter Ave., 1907
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    Providence Novelty Co., 1907
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    Bird's Eye View of Providence River, 1907
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    Union Station and Capitol Hill
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    Westminster Street looking East, 1907
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  • News 1908 - Luxury Tax on Bachelors
    The Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has issued an "irade" declaring that bachelors should be taxed. Evidently His Honor believes that single-blesse...Read MORE...


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    Crown Hotel and Hof Brau Hous
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    Fields Point
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    N.Y.N.H. & H. Station & Capitol
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    Gorham Mfg. Co. Plant and Elmwood Railway Station

    Gorham Silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island, 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The firm's chief product was spoons of coin silver. The... Read MORE...

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    Rhode Island State Capitol

    Overlooking downtown Providence from Smith Hill, the State House is the center of Rhode Island government. It was designed by the renowned New York firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1891- 94 and constructed between 1895... Read MORE...

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    Birds Eye View from State House
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    Hope Street, showing residences of Wm. Gammell and Col. R. H. I. Goddard
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    New Post Office
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    Westminster Street
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    Weybosset Street, Providence, R.I.
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    Y.M.C.A. Building
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  • News 1912 - Cotton Mill King Dead
    Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 26. - Robert Knight, owner of more cotton mills than any other individual in the world, died today, aged eighty-six. Kn...Read MORE...


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    Weybosset St. from Matthewson St.

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    State Normal School
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    Telephone Building
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    Webster Street Grammar School
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    Moses Brown School

    One of Moses Brown's last great contributions to Rhode Island life was his role in the revival of the New England Yearly Meeting School. It had existed intermittently in the 1770s and 1780s, but died out through lack of... Read MORE...

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    Turks Head Building

    The Turks Head building was designed in 1913 by New York architects Howells & Strokes. The building was erected by the Brown Land Co. as an investment for members of the Brown family, and was part of a highway improvement plan ... Read MORE...

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  • News 1914 - Theinert Nominated by State Socialists Lincoln Man Named for Governor in State Convention of Party

    Pawtucket Times
    Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    October 12, 1914

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    Court House, 1914
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    The New R.R. Station
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    Patents - U.S. and Foreign
    Joseph A. Miller & Company

    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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    Exchange Place, 1916
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    Rhode Island Hospital Trust Co.

    Location: 15 Westminster Street, Providence,
    Built: 1917
    Architect: York & Sawyer

    Incorporated on October 24, 1867, Rhode Island Hospital Trust was the first trust company in New England. It owes its unique... Read MORE...

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    Providence College, Providence, R. I.

    Providence College was founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars at the invitation of Bishop Harkins to provide a Catholic education in the arts and sciences.
    about.providence.edu
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    Shubert Majestic Theatre

    Built in 1917, first named Emery’s Majestic, it was later renamed Shubert’s Majestic before it became simply the Majestic.
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    Market Square
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    Crompton & Knowles Loom Works

    Firm was established in 1897 by the consolidation of Crompton Loom Works (established 1851) and Knowles Loom Works (established 1855). It had manufacturing facilities in Worcester, Mass., Providence, R.I.,... Read MORE...

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    New Industrial Trust Building, Exchange Place

    INDUSTRIAL TRUST COMPANY, No. 57 Westminster Street. -- During the last few years a class of institutions has sprung up in the United States intended to meet the requirements of holders of property,... Read MORE...

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    Weybosset St., 1920s
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    Providence Biltmore Hotel

    The Providence Biltmore was constructed by the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels chain, founded by John McEntee Bowman and Louis Wallick. It was built in the neo-Federal Beaux-arts style and designed by the architectural firm of... Read MORE...

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  • 1927 - The Dartmouth [New Hampshire] football team, scheduled to play Brown at Providence, R. I. tomorrow, was marooned at Hanover, N. H.
    Overflowing of the White River had flooded a bridge between Hanover and White River Junction, Vt., making it impossible for the team to reach White Ri...Read MORE...


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    "Front Campus"
    Brown University
    Providence, R.I.
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    La Salle Academy, 1935

    ...In 1871, three brothers arrived in Providence to operate the school and instill it with the values of their order’s founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. Brother Ptolemy (Dandurand) became the school’s first principal.... Read MORE...

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  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...Providence Struck By Tidal Wave.
    Providence was one of the chief sufferers in Rhode Island, tremendous tides sweeping 1,000 feet into the city and...Read MORE...


  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...In Providence the water of the Providence River was but three feet from the floor of the Point Street bridge. The river empties into Narragansett B...Read MORE...


  • News 1945 - March 29 - Providence, RI, hit 90 degrees to establish a March record for the New England area.

    The Weather Channel
    March 29, 1945

  • 1949 - July 10 - WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com

  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...Providence, R. I., was flooded when the storm struck at high tide. Water pushed into the downtown area to within two feet of the level reached in t...Read MORE...


  • News 1960 - October 20 - 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI

    historyorb.com
    October 20, 1960

  • 1975 - August 2 - Temperature reached 104 degrees at Providence, RI

    The Weather Channel



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Brown University, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

Brown was founded in 1764 — the third college in New England and the seventh in Colonial America. Brown was the first Ivy League school to... Read MORE...

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First Baptist Meeting House

It is the oldest Baptist church congregation in the United States, founded in 1638 by Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island. The present church building was erected between 1774 and 75 and held its first meetings... Read MORE...

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The Arcade, Built 1828

Located in the center of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, The Arcade Providence was built in 1828 and it is the oldest indoor mall in the United States. arcadeprovidence.com

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Plant of Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co.

BROWN & SHARPE MFG. CO., Makers of Machinery and Tools. -- In manufacturing interests Providence is one of the leading cities in the country. There are various causes for this supremacy, among which... Read MORE...

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Kendall Mfg. Cos
Established 1837
Soapine
The Dirt Killer
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PERRY DAVIS' PAIN KILLER
IT HAS STOOD THE TEST OF FORTY YEARS' TRIAL.
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The Old White Mill, Cranston St., 1912

The Old White Mill was originally a state arsenal; garrisoned in May 1842; unsuccessfully attacked by Thos. W. Dorr and his forces; used in turn as a grist-mill; woolen mill and cotton mill; and purchased by ... Read MORE...

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Grace Church

Grace Church is an historic Episcopal church at 300 Westminster Street at Mathewson Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It was built in 1845-46 and was designed by Richard Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style.

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Arcade, Providence
THE HISTORY & TOPOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, published by J & F Tallis in London about 1850.

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St. Francis Xavier's Academy

St. Francis Xavier Academy was opened by the Sisters of Mercy with twenty students in 1851. At that time, it was both a boarding school and a day school. In 1874, a building with convent and school was erected on... Read MORE...

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Rhode Island State Normal School, 1912

Rhode Island Normal School was a teacher preparatory college that has since become Rhode Island College. The school was established in 1854, and was housed in several different buildings in the city until... Read MORE...

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Horsfords Acid Phosphate
Rumford Chemical Works
Providence, R.I.

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Coleman & Remington
Photographie Studio
25 Westminster St.
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Founded by William Coleman and O. M. Remington, 1868

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Butler Exchange,
Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 1908

The late 19th century was a time of growing prosperity for the city of Providence, and few buildings indicated this as well as the Butler Exchange. This massive commercial block was built in... Read MORE...

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

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The Callendar McAuslan and Troup Company

Callendar, McAuslan and Troop’s “Boston Store” opened in the early 1870s at the corner of Westminster and Union Streets. The success of Providence’s first department store led not only to its substantial... Read MORE...

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Narragansett Hotel, est. 1877

NARRAGANSETT HOTEL, L. H. Humphreys, Lessee. -- The great hotel of the present has the population of a small village, yet the guests have extraordinary fare and every comfort. Humanity is in one of these mammoth... Read MORE...

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City Hall

Providence City Hall is the center of the municipal government in Providence, Rhode Island, and is located at the southwest end of Kennedy Plaza at 25 Dorrance Street. The building was constructed between 1875 and 1878 and designed by... Read MORE...

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Hotel Dorrance, 1909

Built in 1878, demolished in 1978

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Empire Theatre

The Empire Theatre has a long history that began in 1878 as Low's Opera House, when it was a rival to the Providence Opera House on Dorrance Street, opened seven years earlier in 1871. It was re-built, reopening on October 24, 1898 ... Read MORE...

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English High School

In September 1878, a “magnificent” new high school was dedicated on Pond Street from plans made by prominent Providence architect William H. Walker. The old high school at Benefit and Waterman Streets had been overcrowded for... Read MORE...

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S. S. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral

In 1873, Patrick Keely was selected to draw the plans for one of the finest churches in the country. The following year, work on the foundation of a temporary church began when Bishop Hendricken signed a... Read MORE...

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Good Will Engine Co., No. 13

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Murray, Spink & Co.
Jobbers of Fancy Goods,
Show Cases in Large Variety,
26, 28, & 30 Pine Street, & 26 Hay Street,
Providence, R.I.

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Crown Hotel

Built in 1894, designed by Gould, Angell & Swift for the Providence Athletic Association, the seven-story building grew by two floors in 1901 when it was refitted for use as a hotel. In the 1950s, Johnson & Wales Business College... Read MORE...

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R.I. Institute for Deaf and Dumb

Built in 1895, the Rhode Island School for the Deaf was called the R.I. Institute for Deaf and Dumb from 1895 to 1930.

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Banigan Building, built 1896

Hailed as the first tall, steel-frame, “fireproof” building in Providence, the ten-and-one-half-story granite-sheathed Banigan Building was built on speculation by Joseph Banigan, founder of a large plant for rubber... Read MORE...

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View of Providence, from the South, 1898

Historic Towns of New England. (1898). United Kingdom: G. P. Putnam's sons.

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The Capitol, 1898

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The Mall, Exchange Place, Providence, R.I.

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Concert Pavilion and Casino, Roger Williams Park, Providence, R. I.

The Park was created when Betsey Williams, great, great, great granddaughter of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, left 102 acres of farm and woodland to the City of... Read MORE...

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Washington Bridge. Providence, R. I.

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Civic Center

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Public Library, 1919

Providence Public Library of Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1875. The central library building at 225 Washington Street opened in 1900 and was constructed in a Renaissance style with private donations including a... Read MORE...

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Union Trust Building

The Union Trust Company Building is a historic building at 170 Westminster Street and 62 Dorrance Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

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Carrie Tower, Brown University, Providence, R. I.

Carrie Tower was erected in 1904, a gift of Paul Bajnotti of Turin, Italy, and a memorial to his wife, born Caroline Mathilde Brown, granddaughter of Nicholas Brown 1786, for whom the University... Read MORE...

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John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

John Carter Brown’s famed Americana collection was initially formed in 1846 through a series of three spectacular purchases – in February, June, and November of that year – that made the Brown family... Read MORE...

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Providence Protective Dept. House on Richmond St.

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Randall Square

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Journal Building. Providence, R. I.

The ornate new building was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Robert Swain Peabody of the noted Boston firm of Peabody & Stearns. It was completed in 1906. wikipedia

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Ezeja Le. N.S. Do. Rozario. Open September 9, 1906.

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New State Armory

The Cranston Street Armory is an historic building in the Broadway–Armory Historic District of Providence, Rhode Island. It was built in 1907 at a cost of $650,000.00. wikipedia

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Corner of Elwood and Potter Ave., 1907

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Providence Novelty Co., 1907

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Bird's Eye View of Providence River, 1907

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Union Station and Capitol Hill

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Westminster Street looking East, 1907

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Crown Hotel and Hof Brau Hous

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Fields Point

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N.Y.N.H. & H. Station & Capitol

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Weybosset Street, Providence, R.I.

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Gorham Mfg. Co. Plant and Elmwood Railway Station

Gorham Silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island, 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The firm's chief product was spoons of coin silver. The... Read MORE...

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Rhode Island State Capitol

Overlooking downtown Providence from Smith Hill, the State House is the center of Rhode Island government. It was designed by the renowned New York firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1891- 94 and constructed between 1895... Read MORE...

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Birds Eye View from State House

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Hope Street, showing residences of Wm. Gammell and Col. R. H. I. Goddard
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Westminster Street

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Y.M.C.A. Building

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Weybosset St. from Matthewson St.

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State Normal School

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Telephone Building

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Webster Street Grammar School

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Moses Brown School

One of Moses Brown's last great contributions to Rhode Island life was his role in the revival of the New England Yearly Meeting School. It had existed intermittently in the 1770s and 1780s, but died out through lack of... Read MORE...

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Turks Head Building

The Turks Head building was designed in 1913 by New York architects Howells & Strokes. The building was erected by the Brown Land Co. as an investment for members of the Brown family, and was part of a highway improvement plan ... Read MORE...

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Court House, 1914

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Patents - U.S. and Foreign
Joseph A. Miller & Company

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 New R.R. Station

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Exchange Place, 1916

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Providence College, Providence, R. I.

Providence College was founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars at the invitation of Bishop Harkins to provide a Catholic education in the arts and sciences.
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Rhode Island Hospital Trust Co.

Location: 15 Westminster Street, Providence,
Built: 1917
Architect: York & Sawyer

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Shubert Majestic Theatre

Built in 1917, first named Emery’s Majestic, it was later renamed Shubert’s Majestic before it became simply the Majestic.

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Market Square

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Crompton & Knowles Loom Works

Firm was established in 1897 by the consolidation of Crompton Loom Works (established 1851) and Knowles Loom Works (established 1855). It had manufacturing facilities in Worcester, Mass., Providence, R.I.,... Read MORE...

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New Industrial Trust Building, Exchange Place

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Weybosset St., 1920s

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Providence Biltmore Hotel

The Providence Biltmore was constructed by the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels chain, founded by John McEntee Bowman and Louis Wallick. It was built in the neo-Federal Beaux-arts style and designed by the architectural firm of... Read MORE...

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"Front Campus"
Brown University
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La Salle Academy, 1935

...In 1871, three brothers arrived in Providence to operate the school and instill it with the values of their order’s founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. Brother Ptolemy (Dandurand) became the school’s first principal.... Read MORE...

History, News and Stories of Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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  • 1636 - ROGER WILLIAMS was banished from the colony of Massachusetts due to his outspoken views of religious inequality, fled to the head of Narraganset Bay, and there, with a few followers, planted the seed of the commonwealth of Rhode Island in 1636

    rhodeislandcolonialera.weebly.com/ culture.html

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  • 1647 - Three settlements united with Providence, formed single government
    Anne Hutchinson and her followers founded Portsmouth in 1638, while others of the same group established Newport. In 1643, several dissidents from... Read MORE...

  • 1662 - January 27 - 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)

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  • 1663 - King Charles II granted charter for Rhode Island, Providence Plantations
    THE CHARTER, GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II., July 8, 1663, and in force until the adoption of the Constitution, May, 1843.

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  • 1764 - Brown University in Providence is the state's oldest institution of higher education and one of the oldest in the nation. It was chartered in 1764 as Rhode Island College.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ rhode-island.html
  • News  1772 - 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI
    Rhode Island residents burn British ship Gaspee to protest tax laws.

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse,... Read MORE...

  • In 1791, Providence Bank was established with capital of $400,000.
    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
    Page 229
  • News  1804 - Brown university, founded in 1764, at Providence, Rhode Island, was known as Rhode Island college until 1804, when its name changed in honor of Nicolas Brown, American merchant, who had given it $100,000.
    The Morning Herald
    Hagerstown, Maryland
    May 7, 1926

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  • 1815 - Destructive hurricane hits New England
    "The Great September Gale" hit New England in September of 1815. It first made landfall on Long Island, N.Y., and then again in Connecticut. The... Read MORE...

  • News  1817 - An Elm tree is standing near Providence, R. I. which measures, 4 feet from the ground, 21 feet in circumference.
    There are 18 main branches, averaging 6 feet 3 inches in circumference; the circumference, of the whole outline of the branches is 378 feet!

    genealogybank.com
    Spectator
    New York
    September 16, 1817
  • News  1842 - May 19 – Dorr Rebellion: Militiamen supporting Thomas Wilson Dorr attack the arsenal in Providence, Rhode Island, but are repulsed.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 19, 1842
  • News  1848 - A man in Providence, Rhode Island, bet five dollars that he could eat a large basket of peaches in one hour.
    He was successful, having dispatched one hundred and fifty-two good sized peaches in fifty-two minutes.

    Another man ate a basket full without... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Providence
    Providence, a city, port of entry and seat of justice of Providence county, Rhode Island, and semi-capital of the state, is situated at the head of... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - The Boiler Explosion at Providence.
    The Providence papers contain full accounts of the boiler explosion in the India Rubber works of NATH. HAYWARD, on Thursday morning. The Journal... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - Providence, Rhode Island, has a big gasometer, and the city papers are confident its dome is the largest in the world, it being 140 feet in diameter, or one foot larger than the dome of St. Peter's in Rome.
    It holds, above the top of the tank, 1,540,000 cubic feet. The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    April 8, 1873
  • News  1873 - Joseph Sweet, ninety-one years of age, has been elected President of the Eagle National Bank at Providence, Rhode Island.
    Whether Joseph will make it sweeter for himself or the bank is not definitely known. The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    April 24, 1873
  • 1877 - President Rutherford Hayes tested new telephone, call from Rocky Point to Providence, distance 8 miles
    The rich and the famous also came to Rocky Point. One of its most illustrious visitors was President Rutherford B. Hayes, who visited here in 1877,... Read MORE...


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  • 1878 - George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical entertainment.

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  • News  1882 - Six of the persons injured in yesterday's fire in the Callender building, Providence, Rhode Island, have already died, and it is expected that the injuries of others will prove fatal.
    The Indianapolis News
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    November 22, 1882
  • News  1888 - MORE FIRES IN PROVIDENCE. THE THIRD LARGE BLAZE WITHIN FIVE DAYS.
    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 19. - The third large fire during the last five days occurred this afternoon on the scene of the disastrous conflagration of... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - THE BIG PROVIDENCE FIRE. THOUSANDS OF CURIOUS PERSONS WATCHING THE RUINS.
    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 14. - Thousands of spectators flocked around the scene of Saturday's half-million-dollar fire to-day. Chief of Police Child... Read MORE...

  • 1894 - April 10 - Providence, RI received 9 inches of snow

    The Weather Channel
  • 1895 - Providence
    Providence, a city (the second of New England in population, wealth, and importance), port of entry, and one of the capitals of the state of Rhode... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - KILLED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION - The Accident Occurs Just as a Crowd of Rhode Island Ice Harvesters Begin Work on Mashapang Pond.
    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 4 - A boiler exploded at the icehouses of Earl, Carpenter & Sons, at Mashapang Pond this morning. Four men were killed and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Damage Done By High Tide.
    Providence, Feb. 9. - The high tide has done damage in this city almost equal to the great flood of September 1868.... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - Gotta De Mon' - An Italian Banker Skips From Providence, Rhode Island
    Providence, R. I., Sept. 2. - The Banca Popolare has closed its doors and today there was an excited lot of depositors in the Italian colony on... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - November 22 - Announcements
    E.W. Theinert, of Providence, R.I., will deliver an address upon socialism in U. V. W. Hall this evening at 7:30... Worcester Daily Spy
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    November 22, 1896

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  • 1898 - Providence - The Colony of Hope by William B. Weeden
    The capital of Rhode Island, the second city of New England, an agricultural village in the seventeenth, a commercial port in the eighteenth, and a... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - Socialist Labor Party. E. W. Theinert of Providence Was the Orator of the Evening
    Pawtucket Times
    Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    March 31, 1899

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  • News  May 15, 1900: Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.
    NOTE: Olneyville is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island
    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    May 15, 1900
  • News  1904 - SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS - City Ordinance Does Not Appear to Be Effective.
    The sidewalks in the city of Providence are beginning to assume the same condition as last winter, many of them being already covered with snow and... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - $100,000 FIRE IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
    Providence, R. I., March 16 - Fire and water today damaged Music Hall block in the center of the city to an amount estimated at $100,000. The Piqua Daily Call
    Piqua, Ohio
    March 16, 1905
  • News  1905 - PIRATE DRUGGED HIM. Arrested Shipmate Tells Strange Story of Sloop Dorado.
    Special to The New York Times.

    NEWPORT, Oct. 24. - The arrest of Otto Steifel in Providence to-day proved of great importance in clearing up the... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - PANIC FOLLOWS EXPLOSION. All Providence Scared Over Prediction of Christmas Disaster.
    Special to The New York Times.

    PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 22. - A slight explosion in a jewelry factory, within a short block of the shopping... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Providence, a city, port of entry, capital of the state of Rhode Island, and the county seat of Providence co., is situated at the head of navigation ... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - Luxury Tax on Bachelors
    The Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has issued an "irade" declaring that bachelors should be taxed. Evidently His Honor believes that... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - Cotton Mill King Dead
    Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 26. - Robert Knight, owner of more cotton mills than any other individual in the world, died today, aged eighty-six.... Read MORE...

  • News  1914 - Theinert Nominated by State Socialists Lincoln Man Named for Governor in State Convention of Party
    Pawtucket Times
    Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    October 12, 1914

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  • 1927 - The Dartmouth [New Hampshire] football team, scheduled to play Brown at Providence, R. I. tomorrow, was marooned at Hanover, N. H.
    Overflowing of the White River had flooded a bridge between Hanover and White River Junction, Vt., making it impossible for the team to reach White... Read MORE...

  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...Providence Struck By Tidal Wave.
    Providence was one of the chief sufferers in Rhode Island, tremendous tides sweeping 1,000 feet into the city... Read MORE...

  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...In Providence the water of the Providence River was but three feet from the floor of the Point Street bridge. The river empties into Narragansett... Read MORE...

  • News  1945 - March 29 - Providence, RI, hit 90 degrees to establish a March record for the New England area.

    The Weather Channel
    March 29, 1945
  • 1949 - July 10 - WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting

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  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...Providence, R. I., was flooded when the storm struck at high tide. Water pushed into the downtown area to within two feet of the level reached in... Read MORE...

  • News  1960 - October 20 - 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI

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    October 20, 1960
  • 1975 - August 2 - Temperature reached 104 degrees at Providence, RI

    The Weather Channel

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