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"Bristol, a port of entry and capital of Bristol co., R.I., is on Narragansett Bay, and on the Providence, Warren & Bristol Railroad, 15 miles S.S.F. of Providence, and 13 miles N. of Newport. It is in Bristol township, which is a peninsula surrounded by water on all sides except the north, and is separated from the city of Fall River by Mount Hope Bay. It has a high school, 2 national banks, 2 savings banks, 7 churches, a ship-yard, a sugar-refinery, 2 cotton mills, and manufactures of rubber goods employing 1000 hands. This town may be reached by the Old Colony Rail road via Bristol Ferry. A weekly newspaper is published here. Near Bristol is an eminence called Mount Hope, which affords a beautiful view of the bay. Pop. 5478."

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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  • 1785 - Since 1785 Bristol has the longest running, unbroken series of 4th of July Independence Day observances in the country.

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

  • 1819 - Bristol
    Bristol is an ancient, wealthy commercial post township, port of entry, and seat of justice of the county, situated on the eastern shore of the...Read MORE...


  • News 1820 - Vessels Captured
    Three vessels belonging to Bristol, Rhode Island, have been captured by the British Brig Thistle, all with full cargoes of slaves, and sent to Sierra ...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    BRISTOL, a township, port-of-entry, and cap. of Bristol county, in Rhode Island. On the E side of Narragansett bay, 18 m. SE of Providence. It has a...Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - Railway Accident.
    PROVIDENCE, July 21. - To-day a passenger train on the Bristol Railroad ran into a head of cattle two miles this side of Bristol. The engine and one...Read MORE...


  • News 1886 - Many Silver Dollars
    It is said that in the small town of Bristol, Rhode Island, for several years before the war a young man named Cole was in the habit of throwing...Read MORE...


  • 1887 - The first torpedo boat "Stiletto" was built in Bristol in 1887.

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

  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    St. Mary Church
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Benjamin Church, Home for Aged Men, Bristol, R. I.
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Court House and High Street, Bristol, R. I.
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Church Street, 1905
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    The Ferry Road
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    First Baptist Church and Walley School
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Constitution St Depot
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Herreshoff Boat Works
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    St. Elizabeth Church (Portuguese Catholic)
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Bristol Ferry Light House, Bristol, R.I. (1910)
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Post Office and Custom House, 1911
  • 1916
    Bristol, a port of entry (with Warren) and capital of Bristol co., R.I., is on Narragansett Bay and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 15...Read MORE...


  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    De Wolf Inn, 1916
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Bird's-Eye View
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Gov. Wm. Bradford House (Mt. Hope Lands. Over 100 Years Old)
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Entrance to Colt Road and Mill Cut Bridge, Poppasquash
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    National Rubber Co., 1920
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Foot of Church Street
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Hotel Belvedere
  • News 1926 - FIREWORKS BLAST KILLS FOUR IN R. I.
    SCORE OF OTHER HURT AT BRISTOL PLANT; 4 BUILDINGS WRECKED.
    OWNER, HIS WIFE, SON AND SON-IN-LAW DEATH VICTIMS - BODIES BADLY MANGLED - HOUSES NEARBY...Read MORE...


  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Colt High School
  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
    Roger Williams College


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Benjamin Church, Home for Aged Men, Bristol, R. I.

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Court House and High Street, Bristol, R. I.

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St. Mary Church

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Church Street, 1905


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The Ferry Road

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First Baptist Church and Walley School

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Bristol Ferry Light House, Bristol, R.I. (1910)

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Constitution St Depot

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Herreshoff Boat Works

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St. Elizabeth Church (Portuguese Catholic)

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Post Office and Custom House, 1911

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De Wolf Inn, 1916


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Bird's-Eye View

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Gov. Wm. Bradford House (Mt. Hope Lands. Over 100 Years Old)

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Entrance to Colt Road and Mill Cut Bridge, Poppasquash

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National Rubber Co., 1920

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Foot of Church Street

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Hotel Belvedere

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Colt High School

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Roger Williams College
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  • 1785 - Since 1785 Bristol has the longest running, unbroken series of 4th of July Independence Day observances in the country.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ rhode-island.html
  • 1819 - Bristol
    Bristol is an ancient, wealthy commercial post township, port of entry, and seat of justice of the county, situated on the eastern shore of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1820 - Vessels Captured
    Three vessels belonging to Bristol, Rhode Island, have been captured by the British Brig Thistle, all with full cargoes of slaves, and sent to Sierra ... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    BRISTOL, a township, port-of-entry, and cap. of Bristol county, in Rhode Island. On the E side of Narragansett bay, 18 m. SE of Providence. It has a... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - Railway Accident.
    PROVIDENCE, July 21. - To-day a passenger train on the Bristol Railroad ran into a head of cattle two miles this side of Bristol. The engine and one... Read MORE...

  • News  1886 - Many Silver Dollars
    It is said that in the small town of Bristol, Rhode Island, for several years before the war a young man named Cole was in the habit of throwing... Read MORE...

  • 1887 - The first torpedo boat "Stiletto" was built in Bristol in 1887.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ rhode-island.html
  • 1916
    Bristol, a port of entry (with Warren) and capital of Bristol co., R.I., is on Narragansett Bay and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 15... Read MORE...

  • News  1926 - FIREWORKS BLAST KILLS FOUR IN R. I.
    SCORE OF OTHER HURT AT BRISTOL PLANT; 4 BUILDINGS WRECKED.
    OWNER, HIS WIFE, SON AND SON-IN-LAW DEATH VICTIMS - BODIES BADLY MANGLED - HOUSES NEARBY... Read MORE...

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