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Exploring the Blackstone River Valley

Pawtucket

Slater Mill photograph by Sarah Keates

Includes the neighborhoods of Fairlawn, Darlington, Woodlawn, and Park Terrace.

Settled in 1666, Incorporated in 1871

  • Pawtucket means “river fall” in the Algonquian language
  • On April 18, 1981, the longest baseball game (33 innings) was played at McCoy Stadium
  • The Mackinac Tragedy occurred on August 18, 1925, as the steamer was returning to Pawtucket with 672 passengers after an excursion to Newport. As the ship sailed back to Pawtucket, the boiler exploded that killed 55 people on board and injured 150 more. This is one of the deadliest maritime disasters in Rhode Island history
  • Before European settlers arrived in the Pawtucket are, it was the most populated region in New England
  • The Hasbro Company has its headquarters here
  • The “Father of the Industrial Revolution”, Samuel Slater, made Pawtucket his home the Slater Mill still stands today

Resource Links

North Smithfield Town Hall

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

North Smithfield Public Library

Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission

Blackstone Valley Historical Society

Pawtucket Walking Tour

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