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History of Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

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Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

Brockton, Plymouth, MA

During the American Civil War, Brockton was America's largest producer of shoes, and until the latter parts of the 20th century Brockton had a large shoe and leather products industry.

Brockton includes: Leyden Park, Marshall's Corner, Menlo Park, Montello, Morse's Corner, Porter's Pass, Ridge Hill, Salisbury Square, Shaw's Corner, Campello, Cary Hill, Center Street, Centreville, Clifton Heights, and Commercial Street.
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  • 1700 - Brockton is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1821 - North Bridgewater is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1854 - North Bridgewater
    North Bridgewater, a flourishing post- village of Plymouth co., Massachusetts, on the Fall River railroad, 21 miles S. from Boston. It contains 8 or...Read MORE...


  • 1874 - North Bridgewater is renamed Brockton


  • 1874 - The Brockton Fair was established in 1874.


  • News 1879 - SMOTHERED IN GRAIN.
    A terrible accident took place in the grain and flour mill of Allis Packard at Brockton, Mass., on the 5th inst., in which A. A. NOURSE, DENNIS LYNCH ...Read MORE...


  • Brockton became a city on April 9, 1881

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Brockton Massachusetts, 1890
    BROCKTON is a very enterprising and thrifty city, occupying the northwest extremity of Plymouth County, and having Stoughton, Avon and Holbrook on...Read MORE...


  • Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
    1890's ad
    O. A. Miller Treeing Machine Co.
    Brockton, Mass.
  • 1895 - Brockton
    Brock'ton, formerly North Bridgewater, a city of Plymouth co, Mass, on the Old Colony Railroad, 20 miles S. of Boston. It has 19 churches, 2 national ...Read MORE...


  • Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
    West Elm Street from Montgomery Street, Brockton, Mass.
  • Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
    Huntington School
  • News 1905 - EXPLOSION KILLS 53; MANY ARE MISSING. Brockton Shoe Factory Collapses When Boiler Explodes. RUINS BURST INTO FLAME.
    Heroic Deeds by Rescuers and by Pinioned Victims Calmly Awaiting Their Doom.

    Special to The New York Times.
    BROCKTON, Mass., March 21. - The city ...Read MORE...


  • Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
    The Baptist Church
  • Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
    Fred F. Field Co., Shoe Factory, Montello
  • 1916
    Brockton, formerly North Bridgewater, a city of Plymouth co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 20 miles S. of Boston. It is almost...Read MORE...


  • Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
    ad for Brockton Fair
    Fitchburg Sentinel
    Fitchburg, Massachusetts
    October 2, 1926
  • News 1941 - TWELVE FIREMEN DIE AT BROCKTON. 16 OTHERS ARE HURT WHEN ROOF CAVES IN DURING THEATER FIRE. PRIEST TRAVERSES BURNING BUILDING IN BORROWED HELMET AND COAT TO GIVE DOOMED MEN LAST RITES.
    Brockton, March 10 (AP) - Twelve firemen were killed and 16 injured early today when the snow-laden roof of the 30-year-old Strand theater collapsed...Read MORE...




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1890's ad
O. A. Miller Treeing Machine Co.
Brockton, Mass.

Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
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Huntington School


Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
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West Elm Street from Montgomery Street, Brockton, Mass.

Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
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The Baptist Church

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Fred F. Field Co., Shoe Factory, Montello

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ad for Brockton Fair
Fitchburg Sentinel
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
October 2, 1926
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  • 1700 - Brockton is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1821 - North Bridgewater is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1854 - North Bridgewater
    North Bridgewater, a flourishing post- village of Plymouth co., Massachusetts, on the Fall River railroad, 21 miles S. from Boston. It contains 8 or... Read MORE...

  • 1874 - The Brockton Fair was established in 1874.
  • 1874 - North Bridgewater is renamed Brockton
  • News  1879 - SMOTHERED IN GRAIN.
    A terrible accident took place in the grain and flour mill of Allis Packard at Brockton, Mass., on the 5th inst., in which A. A. NOURSE, DENNIS LYNCH ... Read MORE...

  • Brockton became a city on April 9, 1881

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • Brockton Massachusetts, 1890
    BROCKTON is a very enterprising and thrifty city, occupying the northwest extremity of Plymouth County, and having Stoughton, Avon and Holbrook on... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Brockton
    Brock'ton, formerly North Bridgewater, a city of Plymouth co, Mass, on the Old Colony Railroad, 20 miles S. of Boston. It has 19 churches, 2 national ... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - EXPLOSION KILLS 53; MANY ARE MISSING. Brockton Shoe Factory Collapses When Boiler Explodes. RUINS BURST INTO FLAME.
    Heroic Deeds by Rescuers and by Pinioned Victims Calmly Awaiting Their Doom.

    Special to The New York Times.
    BROCKTON, Mass., March 21. - The city ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Brockton, formerly North Bridgewater, a city of Plymouth co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 20 miles S. of Boston. It is almost... Read MORE...

  • News  1941 - TWELVE FIREMEN DIE AT BROCKTON. 16 OTHERS ARE HURT WHEN ROOF CAVES IN DURING THEATER FIRE. PRIEST TRAVERSES BURNING BUILDING IN BORROWED HELMET AND COAT TO GIVE DOOMED MEN LAST RITES.
    Brockton, March 10 (AP) - Twelve firemen were killed and 16 injured early today when the snow-laden roof of the 30-year-old Strand theater collapsed... Read MORE...

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