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Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA - Mechanics Pond

Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA

Attleboro was once known as "The Jewelry Capital of the World".

Included in Attleborough are: Sibleyville, Bearcroft, Deantown, Dodgeville, Hebronville, and Lonicut.
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Mechanics Pond
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Mechanics Pond
Attleboro, Mass. Attleborough Public Library.
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Attleboro, Mass. Attleborough Public Library.
Y.M.C.A. Bldg.
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Old Peck House, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution
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Old Peck House, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution
N.Y. N.H. & H. R.R. Station
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N.Y. N.H. & H. R.R. Station
Factory Buildings from R.R. Station
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Factory Buildings from R.R. Station
Attleboro High School, 1907
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Attleboro High School, 1907
St. Johns Church
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Stone Bridge, Mechanics, Attleboro, Mass., 1907
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Stone Bridge, Mechanics, Attleboro, Mass., 1907
Bates Block
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Bronson Building
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Bronson Building
South Main Street, 1908
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South Main Street, 1908
Grade Crossing Arch at Mill St., showing part of New Depots, 1909
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Grade Crossing Arch at Mill St., showing part of New Depots, 1909
Y.M.C.A., 1909
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Y.M.C.A., 1909
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Park Street from Railroad Crossing. Attleboro, Mass.
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Park Street from Railroad Crossing. Attleboro, Mass.
Bank Street looking North
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Bank Street looking North
Bliss School
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Casino, Capron Park
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Casino, Capron Park
Main St. showing the New Bronson Building, 1910
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Main St. showing the New Bronson Building, 1910
Pilgrim Church
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Attleboro Sanitarium
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The Old Shuttle Factory
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The Old Shuttle Factory
Band Stand, Capron Park
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Bliss Bros. Co., R.F. Simmons Co.
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Leach & Garner Building
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Murray Church, 1914
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Murray Church, 1914
Congregational Church (old and new)
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Congregational Church (old and new)
The Horton Angell Factory
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The Horton Angell Factory
Largest Cement Stand Pipe in the World
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Largest Cement Stand Pipe in the World
Park Street from Main, 1920
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Attleboro Springs
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Sturdy Memorial Hospital
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1839 - Attleborough
Attleborough, Massachusetts
This town lies at the N.W. corner of the county of Bristol; 12 miles N. from Providence, R.I., 8 N.W. from Taunton, and 28 S. from Boston. A branch of the Pawtucket rises here, and several other rivers pass through the town. It possesses a fine water power. It was first settled, 1644, and incorporated in 1694. Population, 1837, 2,396. The value of the manufactures at this place, for the year ending April 1, 1837, amounted to about $500,000. That of cotton goods alone to $229,571. The other manufactures consisted of boots, shoes, leather, metal buttons, combs, jewelery, clocks, planing machines, carpenter's tools, straw bonnets, chairs and cabinet ware. This town suffered much during the reign of the celebrated Indian King Philip. In 1675 Attleborough was a frontier settlement.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - ATTLEBOROUGH. [Pop. 3,585. Settled 1694.]
Attleborough, once a part of the ancient town of Rehoboth, is watered by a considerable branch of Blackstone River, and by other small streams, which are used for manufacturing purposes.

Being a frontier town, Attleborough suffered much during the war with King Philip, of Mount Hope. The colonists kept a strong garrison here.

The principal manufactut es are cotton cloth, metal buttons, jewelry, boots and shoes.

Distance from Taunton, 11 miles ; from Boston, 21.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Attleborough
Attleborough, a post-township of Bristol co. Massachusetts, on the Boston and Providence railroad, 31 miles S. S. E. from Boston, and 11 miles N. N. E. from Providence. It is intersected by Mill river, which affords fine water privileges. The manufacture of cotton goods and other articles of utility is extensively carried on. From this place a branch railroad, 4 miles long, extends to the Providence and Worcester railroad, at Valley Falls. It contains a bank. Pop. 4200.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1859
ATTLEBOROUGH, a post-town of Massachusetts, U. S., in Bristol co., 30 m. S of Boston. It is watered by some of the affluents of the Pawtucket river. Pop. in 1840, 3,585. Iron-stone is found in the vicinity.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1871 - Poisoned by Water
A lady recently died in Attleboro, Mass., of poison taken, it is asserted, in small quantities by drinking water from a galvanized iron pipe.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 8, 1871
Attleborough Massachusetts, 1890
Attleborough is a town of many villages, devoted to a great variety of manufactures. It is situated in the northwestern part of Bristol County, having North Attleborough on the north, Norton on the east, Rehoboth and Seekonk on the south, and the town of Cumberland, in Rhode Island, on the west. Its assessed area is 14,809 acres, of which about one-third is woodland, consisting of oak, maple, chestnut and elm. The population by the last census (1885) of the undivided town was 13,175. The returns of the assessors, in 1888, give the present town of Attleborough 1,858 assessed polls, and 1,190 assessed dwelling-houses ; and, to the new town, North Attleborough 1,691 assessed polls, and 1,111 assessed dwelling-houses. The census returns in 1885 gave the towns (undivided) 2,469 dwellings. The post-offices are Attleborough, South Attleborough, Hebronville, Dodgeville and Brigg's Corner. Attleborough, Hebronville and Dodgeville are stations on the Old Colony Railroad system, the first being... Read MORE...

1895 - Attleborough
Attleborough, attel-bür'rüh, a post-village of Bristol co., Mass., in Attleborough township, on the Boston & Providence Railroad, and on a branch of the New Bedford Railroad, 31 miles S. by W. from Boston. It has a national bank, a newspaper office, and about 5 churches. Pop. in 1880, including North Attleborough, 11,111; in 1890, exclusive of North Attleborough, 7577.
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
1895 - Yardmaster Killed
PROVIDENCE, Sept. 20. - JOSEPH DICKENS, yardmaster of the Consolidated railroad at Attleboro, Mass., was struck by a freight train yesterday afternoon, and died shortly afterward.
North Adams Transcript
North Adams, Massachusetts
September 20, 1895
1899 - Attleborough
Attleborough. - This was the sixth town formed in Bristol county, the date being October 18, 1694, when it was taken from Rehoboth as the North Purchase. On September 10, 1697, the bounds between Attleborough and Rehoboth were established. February 18, 1830, the bounds between Attleborough and Wrentham were fixed and a part annexed to Wrentham. On June 14, 1887, the town was divided and North Attleborough erected. The town is in the Twelfth Congressional District, and with North Attlborough, Norton, Rehoboth and Seekonk, forms the First Representative District, with 4,663 legal voters, entitling the district to two representatives. It is the northwest corner town in Bristol county, and by the State census of 1895 contains a population of 8,288, with 1,511 registered voters in 1897. The Providence division of the Old Colony Railroad crosses the town, and the Attleborough branch road extends from Attleborough village to Taunton. There are four post-offices in the town, namely ,... Read MORE...

1914 - Attleboro is incorporated as a city

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1916
Attleboro, at'tel-bur'ruh, a banking post-village and township (town) of Bristol co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 81 miles S. by W. of Boston. It has refining- and smelting-works, manufactures of chains, jewelry, silver-ware, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 11,335.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1964 - EXPLOSION HITS PLANT; TWO KILLED
Attleboro, Mass. (AP) - An explosion heard for miles leveled a chemical plant building Sunday night, inflicting death and injury on a Sunday shift.

Further blasts were feared as fire swept a warehouse.

Two persons were known dead and at least 10 injured.

The dead were identified as WILLIAM CANIGLIA, 35, North Providence, R. I., and NORMAN ST. PIERRE, 29.

The blast at the THOMPSON Chemical Co. plant was heard in Boston, about 40 miles north of Attleboro.

A lesser explosion shook the same plant last Friday, injuring one worker. Fire officials said Friday's blast resulted when a safety cap blew off a vaporizer used in a chemical process.

About 40 persons were believed at work when Sunday's blast occurred around 7 p. m.

The building that blew up - known to employes as V1 - disintegrated from the force of the explosion. Then the fire skipped to another building 200 feet away where compounds were used to make vinyl resins. This burned for hours.

Evacuees from 100 or... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're a local looking for new adventures or a visitor exploring the area, there are plenty of places to go and things to do in Attleboro. Here's a list to get you started:
Capron Park Zoo:
Begin your exploration of Attleboro by visiting the Capron Park Zoo. It's a small but well-maintained zoo that's perfect for families. You can see a variety of animals, including lions, kangaroos, and lemurs, in a lush and scenic setting.

Balfour Riverwalk Park:
Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Balfour Riverwalk Park. This scenic path follows the Bungay River and provides a tranquil escape from the city's hustle and bustle. It's an excellent spot for birdwatching and picnicking.

Dodgeville Mill:
History buffs will appreciate a visit to the Dodgeville Mill. This historic mill, built in 1810, offers a glimpse into the town's industrial past. Take a tour and learn about the history of textile production in Attleboro.

Attleboro Arts Museum:
Explore the local art scene at the Attleboro Arts Museum. They regularly feature exhibitions showcasing the work of regional and national artists. It's a great place to appreciate visual arts and even take part in... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorSeth RICHARDSON (16 January 1689 - 1 September 1747) and female ancestorMary BROWN (1687 - 15 January 1752) married 18 January 1714
male ancestorObadiah FULLER (25 December 1699 - December 1756) and female ancestorAbigail RICHARDSON (24 March 1718 - ) married 1743
male ancestorArchibald WOOD (1740 - 1817) and female ancestorMary (Molly) ARNOLD (1737 - 3 November 1814) married 8 January 1763
male ancestorThomas MANN (20 December 1755 - 20 June 1809) and female ancestorRebecca STANLEY (23 February 1761 - 19 March 1837) married 29 June 1786
male ancestorGeorge Gilbert NURSE (14 July 1842 - 6 January 1935) and photo of Anna Maria SMITH Anna Maria SMITH (5 August 1844 - 7 May 1931) married 6 March 1864
male ancestorPierre Herménégilda MAILLÉ (13 August 1850 - 16 March 1905) and female ancestorEmiline Amelia PONTBRIAND (23 August 1859 - 25 October 1937) married 1 October 1876
male ancestorRichard WATERMAN (6 November 1848 - 22 September 1909) and female ancestorElnora BRAYTON (June 1872 - 1912) married 18 July 1891
male ancestorWalter Narcisse CASAVANT dit LADÉBAUCHE (25 May 1879 - 15 March 1970) and female ancestorMary Elisabeth FAGNAN (1878 - 25 March 1956) married 20 April 1903
male ancestorFrederic Alfred ST GERMAIN (11 February 1882 - 13 March 1939) and female ancestorJulianna PAQUIN (28 May 1885 - 22 September 1956) married 9 August 1904

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