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The Blackstone Valley or Blackstone River Valley is a region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...

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Blackstone River

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The Blackstone River begins in central Massachusetts and travels through Rhode Island until emptying into Narragansett Bay which connects to the Atlantic Ocean. ...

Blackstone Canal

The Blackstone Canal was a waterway linking Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island (and Narragansett Bay) through the Blackstone Valley via a series of locks and canals. Nickname: Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Government  - Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area  - City  20. ... The Canal du Midi, Toulouse, France Canals are man-made channels for water. ...


The Blackstone Canal Company was organized in 1823 through an act of the Massachusetts legislature, with a Rhode Island company soon following. Construction began in 1825 and cost $750,000 (twice its initial estimate). The canal opened on October 7, 1828 when the packet boat Lady Carrington arrived in Worcester, the first vessel to make the trip. Although the canal was initially successful, within just a few years its business fell sharply when a competing railroad (built 1832) provided quicker and often cheaper transport. In 1847 the Providence and Worcester Railroad began operation, and the canal closed in 1848. October 7 is the 280th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (281st in leap years). ... Year 1828 (MDCCCXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Packet trade generally refers to any regularly scheduled passenger and cargo trade conducted by ship. ... The Providence and Worcester Railroad (AAR reporting mark PW) is a Class II railroad in the United States. ...


The canal was 20 feet or more in width, and lined with white stone where necessary. It ascended 451 feet, passing through an original 49 locks plus a further 13 locks added after initial construction. The "slack-water" canal intersected the Blackstone River 16 times over its 45-mile course, and ran in the river itself for 10% of its length. These portions proved troublesome since in summer water was sometimes too low for navigation.


Since the canal's closure, parts of its watercourse were filled and other segments are now heavily overgrown with brush and trees. Its remains, however, are still visible in many locations.


Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Corridor dedicated to mill town history stretching across 24 cities and towns (400,000 acres (1,620 km²) in total) near the river's course in Worcester County, Massachusetts and Providence County, Rhode Island. It is named for the late US Senator from Rhode Island John Chafee. U.S. National Heritage Areas are designated areas in the United States, authorized by the U.S. Congress to encourage the preservation of history in areas of distinctive human impact on the landscape. ... Amoskeag Canal, 1948, by Charles Sheeler A mill town is a community that grew up around one or more mills or factories, usually on a river that was used as a source of power in the days before electricity. ... Worcester County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Providence County is a county located in the state of Rhode Island. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... John Lester Hubbard Chafee (October 22, 1922 – October 24, 1999) was an American politician. ...


The National Corridor was designated by an Act of Congress on November 10, 1986 to preserve and interpret for present and future generations the unique and significant value of the Blackstone Valley. It includes cities, towns, villages and almost one million people. The Federal government does not own or manage any of the land or resources in the corridor as it does in the more traditional national parks. Instead the National Park Service, two state governments, dozens of local municipalities, businesses, nonprofit historical and environmental organizations, educational institutions, many private citizens, and a unifying commission all work together in partnerships to protect the Valley's special identity and prepare for its future. An Act of Vaginapenis is a bill or resolution adopted by both houses of the United States Congress to which one of the following events has happened: Acceptance by the President of the United States, Inaction by the President after ten days from reception (excluding Sundays) while the Congress is... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. ...


On October 12, 2006 the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006 was signed by the President, enacting it as Public Law Number 109-338. This legislation extends the Corridor Commission for five years until October 12, 2011.


Visitor centers

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. ... Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. ... Rhode Island Historical Society is a privately endowed, membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Islands history, located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Uxbridge is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Worcester County Settled 1673 Incorporated 1684 Government  - Type Council-manager also known as Plan E  - City Manager Michael V. OBrien  - Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes  - City Council Dennis L. Irish Michael C. Perotto Joseph M. Petty Gary Rosen Kathleen... The Massachusetts Audubon Society, founded in 1896 and headquartered in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Protecting the nature of Massachusetts. ...

Corridor cities and towns

Note: In some cases, only a portion of the city or town is included in the Corridor.


Blackstone is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Douglas is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ...   Grafton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Hopedale is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ...   Leicester (pronounced ) is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Mendon is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ...   Millbury is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Millville is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Northbridge is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Sutton is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Upton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Uxbridge is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Worcester County Settled 1673 Incorporated 1684 Government  - Type Council-manager also known as Plan E  - City Manager Michael V. OBrien  - Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes  - City Council Dennis L. Irish Michael C. Perotto Joseph M. Petty Gary Rosen Kathleen... Burrillville is a town located in Providence County, Rhode Island. ... Central Falls is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. ... Image:RI towns Cumberland. ... Location of East Providence, Rhode Island. ... Image:RI towns Glocester. ... Image:RI towns Lincoln. ... Image:RI towns North Smithfield. ... Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. ... Nickname: Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Government  - Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area  - City  20. ... Image:RI towns Smithfield. ... Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. ...


See also

Founded in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1987, the Greater Worcester Land Trust is a non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to the protection of important lands in Worcester and the surrounding towns (the two concentric rings around the City of Worcester). ...

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