The river is named after William Blaxton who arrived in Weymouth MA in 1623, and became the first settler of present day Boston in 1625. He relocated again, to Rhode Island in 1635 and built his home on the river, in what would become Cumberland.
The industrial revolution in the United States started in 1790 when Samuel Slater built Slater Mill at Pawtucket Falls. This was the first textile mill in the United States and was powered by the waters of the Blackstone River. So many mills followed that the Blackstone became known as "America's hardest working river", but industrialization also lead to the river being identified by the end of the 20th century as the primary source of Narragansett Bay pollution.
In August 1955, severe flooding on the Blackstone caused extensive damage to Woonsocket, Rhode Island; where the river is usually 70 feet (21 m) wide it swelled to over 1 mile (1.6 km) wide. Much of this flooding was caused by excessive rain that occurred as a slow moving tropical cyclone moved over the area.
Below is a list of all crossings over the Blackstone River. The list starts at the headwaters and goes downstream.
BILL INTRODUCED IN U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO ESTABLISH NEW NATIONAL PARK UNIT IN BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY LEGISLATION WOULD HELP PRESERVE, PROTECT AND INTERPRET NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES AND PROMOTE EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN RI AND MA.
Oct 14, 2011; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the office of Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern: Advancing efforts to...
BILL INTRODUCED IN U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO ESTABLISH NEW NATIONAL PARK UNIT IN BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY.
Oct 13, 2011; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the office of Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline: Advancing efforts to...