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Fall River, Massachusetts

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Nickname: "The Scholarship City"
Motto: "We'll Try"
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°42′05″N 71°09′20″W / 41.70139, -71.15556
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol
Settled 1670
Incorporated 1803
Government
 - Type Mayor-council city
 - Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr.
Area
 - Total 38.2 sq mi (99.0 km²)
 - Land 31.0 sq mi (80.3 km²)
 - Water 7.2 sq mi (18.6 km²)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 91,938
 - Density 2,963.7/sq mi (1,144.3/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02720-02724
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-23000
GNIS feature ID 0612595
Website: http://www.fallriverma.org

Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is located about 46 miles south of Boston, 16 miles southeast of Providence, Rhode Island and 12 miles west of New Bedford. The city's population was 91,938 during the 2000 census. The 2005 census put the city's population at 91,802, making it the eighth-largest city in Massachusetts. The current mayor of the city is Edward M. Lambert Jr. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Fall_River_ma_highlight. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Massachusetts counties This is a list of Massachusetts counties, consisting of the 14 Massachusetts counties currently in existence. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Mayor-Council government is one of two variations of government most commonly used in modern representative municipal governments in the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Area code 508 was split from area code 617 on July 16, 1988. ... Area code 774 is an overlay of parts of area code 508. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Boston redirects here. ... “Providence” redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Bristol County Settled 1640 Incorporated 1787 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Scott W. Lang (Dem)  - City Council President/Ward 6: Leo R. Pimental. ...


Fall River's motto is "We'll Try." It is nicknamed "The Scholarship City", which is seen on the welcome signs upon entering the city. Fall River is well-known for Lizzie Borden, who was accused of the 1892 axe-murder that occurred at her home in the city. Fall River is also known for Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels. It houses the USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and the submarine USS Lionfish. Lizzie Borden. ... Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime museum and war memorial that traces its origins to the wartime crew of the World War II battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Navy is also:- shorthand for Navy Blue the nickname of the United States Naval Academy A navy is the branch of the armed forces of a nation that operates primarily on water. ... For other uses, see Ship (disambiguation). ... USS Massachusetts (BB-59), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state. ... The USS (DD-850) is a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy. ... USS Lionfish (SS-298), a Balao-class submarine, was laid down on 15 December 1942, launched on 7 November 1943, and commissioned on 1 November 1944. ...

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History

Fall River was first settled in 1670 and considered a small village of Freetown, Massachusetts until 1803, when Fall River was separated from Freetown and officially incorporated as its own town. A year later, on June 1, 1804, Fall River changed its name to "Troy." The name "Troy" was used for 30 years and was officially changed back to Fall River on February 12, 1834. Year 1670 (MDCLXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... Freetown is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... 1804 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1834 (MDCCCXXXIV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


There is no river called "Fall River" in the city. The river that Fall River refers to is the Quequechan River. Quequechan is a Wampanoag name believed to mean "Falling River" or "Leaping/Falling Waters." The city is named after the falls that once were visible on the river. The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts that connects the Watuppa Pond to the Taunton River. ... The Wampanoag (Wôpanâak in the Wampanoag language) are a Native American people. ...


Settlers from Plymouth Colony purchased a very large parcel of land from the Wampanoags in 1659. A number of communities now exist on it, including Fall River. In 1690 Benjamin Church built a saw mill near the falls and settlement followed, based on industry powered by the falling water and ocean-going commerce up the Taunton River. The site was a strategic one: In the Battle of Freetown, fought in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War, the townspeople put up a strong defense against a British force. // Events May 25 - Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth. ... The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ... The Battle of Freetown was a skirmish between colonists and a British naval ship during the Revolutionary War. ... Year 1778 (MDCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about military actions only. ...


The first railroad line serving Fall River, The Fall River Branch Railroad, was incorporated March 14, 1844 and opened about 1845. The Old Colony Railroad and Fall River Railroad merged on March 25, 1854, forming the Old Colony and Fall River Railroad. The Old Colony Railroad connected the South Shore and Cape Cod with Boston, Massachusetts. ...


From the 1870s until the 1920s, Fall River was the second largest center in the United States for the manufacture of cotton textiles after Manchester, New Hampshire. The industrial history of Fall River began in 1811 when Colonel Joseph Durfee and several investors built the first cotton mill. Two years later the Troy Mill, the first of the great granite structures at the foot of the Quequechan River, was built and Fall River's cotton spinning era had begun in earnest. After a decade of building, Fall River and the surrounding towns' populations began to increase steadily. // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... The 1920s is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Hillsborough County Incorporated 1751 Government  - Mayor Frank Guinta (R) Area  - City  34. ... For the US Federal Agent designation, see Special agent. ...


By 1830, the town had seven textile mills, a steamboat to Providence and Newport, a newspaper, and a population of 4,159. Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix commemorates the July Revolution 1830 (MDCCCXXX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... “Providence” redirects here. ... Newport, Rhode Island Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. ...


In 1854, Fall River was officially incorporated as a city. This growing trend continued and by 1872, 18 new mills and 15 new corporations were started as Fall River became one of the textile capitals of the nation. 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The payroll per week in 1887 was $118,005; the weekly production of print cloths was 175,000 pieces; the cloth produced was 480,500.000 yards (439,000 m); bales of cotton consumed, 210,550; tons of coal, 159,550; oil, 172,350 U.S. gallons (652 m³); and starch, 1,981,000 lb (899,000 kg). To run the mills, 11 water-wheels were in operation, producing a total of 1,555 horsepower (1160 kW), and 106 steam-engines producing a total power of 36,805 hp (27,445 kW). 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ...


The period from 1847 to 1937 was marked by the Fall River Line, America's most luxurious steamship line connecting rail travelers from Boston to New York. The Fall River Line Pier is maintained today along with the Fall River Marine Museum. 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1862, after a border dispute with Rhode Island, the United States Supreme Court ruled to move the state border south from Columbia Street to State Street. Since that time, all of Fall River has been in Massachusetts. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States...


On August 4, 1892, Fall River was the scene of two murders allegedly committed by Lizzie Borden. These grisly murders are remembered in a children's rhyme originally for jumping rope, according to the Fall River Historical Society. "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks, when she saw what she had done she gave her father 40 one." Borden was ultimately acquitted of the murders. Lizzie Borden is one of the most famous Fall River natives, because of the alleged murders. is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Lizzie Borden. ...


In 1920 the population of Fall River peaked at 120,485.[1]


Fall River was also home to one of the most prominent and successful early U.S. professional soccer teams, Fall River F.C. The team in its various incarnations captured the U.S. Open Cup five times and showcased the abilities of such American talents as Billy Gonsalves and Bert Patenaude. Fall River was one of the hotbeds of soccer activity in the United States alongside places like St. Louis, Missouri and Kearny, New Jersey. Fall River F.C., also known as the Fall River Rovers and the Fall River Marksmen, was one of the most successful early American soccer clubs, based in Fall River, Massachusetts. ... Adelino (Billy) Gonsalves (sometimes spelt in the Portuguese form, Gonçalves) (August 10, 1908 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island – July 17, 1977 in Kearny, New Jersey) was an American soccer player, sometimes considered the Babe Ruth of American Soccer. Playing in the early 1930s for the Fall River Marksmen, Gonsalves formed... Bert Patenaude. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... map highlighting Kearny within Hudson County Kearny (pronounced ) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. ...

Problems in Fall River

Fall River was once one of the richest cities in America[citation needed], with a booming economy in textiles. However, after the mass closures of the city's textile mills, Fall River fell on hard times. Today, it is still an economically disadvantaged city that is trying to recover. Violent crime has been on the rise in recent years, accompanied by increasing drug use, notably heroin.


In 2002, Fall River was controversially tapped as the location for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank. Weaver's Cove Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Hess Corporation, proposed building this facility in a densely populated neighborhood (approximately 10,000 people live within a one-mile radius of the proposed site). It has been alleged that no facility of this sort has ever been built in an inner city before, and that LNG has a mixed safety track record.[2] Liquefied natural gas or LNG is natural gas that has been processed to remove either valuable components e. ... The Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) is an integrated oil company based in New York City. ...


In spite of the protests, the plan was recently approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Local citizens and politicians, notably Richard Clarke, the former "terror czar" advisor to former president George H. W. Bush , have attempted to derail the project since FERC's approval.[3] Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): The U.S. federal agency with jurisdiction over interstate electricity sales, wholesale electric rates, hydroelectric licensing, natural gas pricing, oil pipeline rates, and gas pipeline certification. ... Richard A. Clarke (born 1951) provided national security advice to four U.S. presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, consulting on issues of intelligence and terrorism, from 1973 to 2003. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


Geography

Fall River is located at 41°41′53″N, 71°8′49″W (41.698102, -71.146994).GR1

View of Bay in 1905
View of Bay in 1905

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 99.0 km² (38.2 mi²). 80.3 km² (31.0 mi²) of it is land and 18.6 km² (7.2 mi²) of it (18.84%) is water. Image File history File links View_of_Bay,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary View of Bay, Fall River, MA; from a 1905 postcard. ... Image File history File links View_of_Bay,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary View of Bay, Fall River, MA; from a 1905 postcard. ... For other uses, see 1905 (disambiguation). ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city lies on the eastern border of Mount Hope Bay, which begins at the mouth of the Taunton River starting south from the Charles M. Braga, Jr. Bridge. The greater portion of the city is built on hillsides rising quite abruptly from the water's edge to a height of more than 150 feet (46 m). From the summits of these hills the country extends back in a comparatively level table-land, on which a large section of the city now stands. Narragansett Bay, shown in pink. ... The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ... At just over a mile long, the Charles M. Braga Jr. ...


Two miles (3 km) eastward from the shore lies a chain of deep and narrow ponds, eight miles long (13 km), with an average width of three-quarters of a mile, and covering an area of 3,500 acres (14 km²). These ponds are supplied by springs and brooks, draining a water-shed of 20,000 acres (80 km²). The northern pond is the North Watuppa Pond, the city's main reservoir. The southern pond is the South Watuppa Pond. Where the two ponds meet is called the "The Narrows." East of the North Watuppa Pond is the Watuppa Reservation that includes several thousand acres of forest-land for water supply protection that extends north into the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, and east to Copicut Reservoir. Copicut Pond is located on the border of Dartmouth, Massachusetts]] in North Dartmouth's Hixville section that borders Fall River. The Quequechan River breaks out of its bed in the west part of the South Watuppa Pond, just west of The Narrows, and flows through the city (partially underground in conduits) where it falls to a channel leading to what is now Heritage State Park at Battleship Cove on the Taunton River. The Quequechan River originally flowed unconfined over an almost level course for more than a mile. In the last half-mile (800 m) of its progress it rushes down the hillside in a narrow, precipitous, rocky channel, creating the falls for which Fall River is named. In this distance the total fall is about 132 feet (40 m). and the volume of water 122 cubic feet per second (3.5 m³/s). Profile Rock, 1902. ... The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ...

Granite Mills in 1908
Granite Mills in 1908

Originally an attractive feature of the landscape, the Quequechan has seldom been visible since it was covered over by cotton mills and the Bay Colony Railroad line in the 19th century. As the Quequechan become an underground feature of the industrial landcape, it also became a sewer. In the 20th century the mills were abandoned and some of them burned, exposing the falls once more. Because of highway construction in the 1960s, the waterfalls were buried under Interstate 195, which crosses the Taunton River at Battleship Cove. Image File history File links Granite_Mills,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary Plymouth Avenue, showing Granite Mills, Fall River, MA; from a 1908 postcard. ... Image File history File links Granite_Mills,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary Plymouth Avenue, showing Granite Mills, Fall River, MA; from a 1908 postcard. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Bay Colony Railroad Corporation is a short line freight railroad principally serving southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Millis - Milford - Needham Corridor. ... // Major cities Bolded cities are officially-designated control cities for signs. ...


Plans exist to "daylight" the falls, restore or recreate them, and build a green belt with a bicycle path along the Quequechan River. In the south end, Cook Pond, also formerly known as Laurel Lake, is located east of the Taunton River and west of the South Watuppa Pond. Between the area of modern day Cook and South Watuppa Ponds, east of the Taunton River and north of Tiverton, Rhode Island, was once referred to as "Pocasset Swamp" during King Philip's War in 1675–1676. This is for the town, for the census designated place, see Tiverton (CDP), Rhode Island Tiverton is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. ... Attack King Philips War, sometimes called Metacoms War or Metacoms Rebellion,[1] was an armed conflict between Indian inhabitants of present-day southern New England and English colonists and their Indian allies from 1675 – 1676. ...


Demographics

Fall River and its metropolitan area is officially a part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area[4]. As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 91,938 people, 38,759 households, and 23,565 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,144.3/km² (2,963.7/mi²). There were 41,857 housing units at an average density of 521.0/km² (1,349.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.16% White, 2.48% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.31% of the population. The Providence metropolitan area is a region covering eight counties in two states, and is the 35th largest metropolitan area in the United States. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Fall River hosts one of the biggest Portuguese-speaking communities in the United States. In 2000, 43.9% of Fall River residents identified as being of Portuguese heritage. This is the highest percentage of Portuguese Americans in the country. Most of the population claims to be of Azorean origin, many from São Miguel Island. There are smaller, but significant presences of other Portuguese-speaking communities, such as other Azorean Islanders, Portuguese from mainland Portugal, Madeirans, Cape Verdeans, Brazilians, and Angolans. (See Geographic distribution of the Portuguese language.) Other ethnic communities of Fall River include a significant French Canadian (Québécois) descendent population, and also English, Polish, Italians, Lebanese, Irish, Greeks, Jews, Cambodians, and Chinese. Portuguese Americans are citizens of the United States whose ancestry originates in the southwest European nation of Portugal. ... The word Azorean can mean: From or related to the Azores The ethnic group of people who were born in the Azores or whose ancestors were born in the Azores The Azorean dialect of the Portugese language Categories: Languages | Ethnic groups ... There are parishes that have the name São Miguel (Portuguese for Saint Michael): // In Europe In the Azores São Miguel Island, an island in the eastern part of the Azores São Miguel, a parish in the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo São Miguel Arcanjo, a... For other uses, see Madeira (disambiguation). ... Portuguese is the first language in Angola, Brazil, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and the most widely used language in Mozambique. ... French Canadian is a term that has several different connotations. ... This article is about the use of the term. ... This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ...


Fall River is the eighth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. There were 38,759 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.00. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $29,014, and the median income for a family was $37,671. Males had a median income of $31,330 versus $22,883 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,118. About 14.0% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

State and federal representation

Fall River is represented by three separate Massachusetts House of Representatives districts (one of which represents the majority of the city) and is represented by David B. Sullivan (6th Bristol), Robert Correia (7th Bristol), and Michael J. Rodrigues (8th Bristol). The city is represented in the state senate in the First Bristol and Plymouth district, which includes the city and the towns of Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester, Somerset and Swansea. The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... David B. Sullivan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Fall River is patrolled by the Third Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police, based out of Dartmouth. The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. ...


On the national level, the city is divided between Massachusetts Congressional Districts 3 and 4, which are represented by Jim McGovern and Barney Frank, respectively. The state's senior (Class I) Senator, re-elected in 2006, is Ted Kennedy, and the state's junior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2008, is John Kerry. For other persons named Jim McGovern, see Jim McGovern (disambiguation). ... Barnett Barney Frank (born March 31, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. ... Edward Moore Ted Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


City government and services

Fall River Superior Court in 1905
Fall River Superior Court in 1905

The city is led by the mayor-council form of government, and the current mayor is Edward Lambert, who has recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the next election. Image File history File links Court_House,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary Court House in 1905, Fall River, MA; from an old postcard. ... Image File history File links Court_House,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary Court House in 1905, Fall River, MA; from an old postcard. ...


The city's police department is consolidated into a large central police station. There are six fire stations located around the city, headquartered on Bedford Street, just across from the former Central Police Station. There are four post offices in the city, located in Flint Village, the South End Branch (near Globe Corners), Highland Station and the central branch just behind Government Center, a post office modeled after the New York City main post office behind Penn Plaza. The city is also home to a Superior Court, a District Court and the new Bristol County Court House, located in the former B.M.C. Durfee High School building on Rock Street. A new District Court is under construction on South Main Street.


Education

Public schools

Durfee High School in c. 1920
Durfee High School in c. 1920

There are 21 elementary schools in the Fall River public school system, which are grouped by the four middle schools they feed into: Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (serving the center of the city), Henry Lord Middle School (serving the South End), James Morton Middle School (serving the North End), and Edmond P. Talbot Middle School (serving the east side of the city). Image File history File linksMetadata Durfee_High_School,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River, MA; from a c. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Durfee_High_School,_Fall_River,_MA.jpg Summary B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River, MA; from a c. ...


The city has one public high school, B.M.C. Durfee High School. The school was founded in 1887, its original grand school building being a gift of Mrs. Mary B. Young, in the name of Bradford Matthew Chaloner Durfee, her late son, whose name also graces a dormitory at Yale University. The current school building was opened in 1978, and it was recently announced that a replica of the Durfee Chimes, the original school's red-capped bell tower, will be recreated on the grounds. Yale redirects here. ...


Durfee's teams wear black and red (in honor of the old school's black roof and red observatory dome and tower spire), and are called the Hilltoppers, sometimes shortened to Toppers. The nickname dates back to the old school's perch on top of the hill north of the Quequechan River.[citation needed] The school is a member of the Big Three Conference, where it competes with Brockton High School and its longtime natural rival, New Bedford High School.


The Fall River School Department is currently involved in several major building projects, designed to consolidate several of the smaller neighborhood schools and replace older, smaller schools, some of which are close to 100 years old.[citation needed]


Private schools

In addition to public schools, there are several private and parochial schools in the city, including nine Catholic schools, two private schools, a Christian academy, and Atlantis Charter School, a Pre-K through 8 charter school with a marine science-themed curriculum. The city is also home to Bishop Connolly High School, a Catholic high school named for Bishop James L. Connolly, fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Fall River. The city is the home of Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School, which also serves the towns of Somerset, Swansea, and Westport. Famous chef Emeril Lagasse graduated from this high school, in the Culinary Arts Program that is still run today. The school's roots date back to the days of the Durfee Textile School, which branched out to include Diman. (The college, founded to promote the city's textile sciences, is now a part of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.) Emeril John Lagasse (born October 15, 1959, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. ... The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a multi-college university, part of the state wide university system of the University of Massachusetts, located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, not to be confused with Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. ...


Transportation

The Fall River skyline, as seen from Somerset.
The Fall River skyline, as seen from Somerset.

Fall River has always been considered a transportation hub for the South Coast and Mount Hope Bay areas, due to its location along the Taunton River. In addition to the Fall River Line (discussed in the "History" section), Slade's Ferry ran from Fall River to Somerset since the 1600s, connecting the two communities. In 1875, Slade's Ferry Bridge was opened, connecting the two cities for trolley lines as well as cart (and later, car) traffic. It was a two-tiered steel swing span bridge, extending over 1,100 feet from Remington Avenue to the intersection of Wilbur Avenue, Riverside Avenue and Brayton Avenue in Somerset. This bridge was in use until 1970, when it was closed and subsequently demolished. (The path of the bridge is now marked by twin sets of power lines crossing the river.) In 1903, the state authorized a second bridge, the Brightman Street Bridge, a four lane, 922-foot long drawbridge ending at its namesake street, which opened in 1908 and is still standing today. The third bridge to span the river in Fall River was the Charles S. Braga, Jr. Memorial Bridge. Started in 1959 and opened in the spring of 1966, the six-lane cantilever truss highway bridge spans 1.2 miles and was part of the project to build Interstate 195. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x480, 59 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x480, 59 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Slades Ferry Bridge was a steel swing double layered truss bridge that spanned the Taunton River between Somerset, Massachusetts and Fall River, Massachusetts. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Brightman Street Bridge. ... At just over a mile long, the Charles M. Braga Jr. ... // Major cities Bolded cities are officially-designated control cities for signs. ...


Major highways

Interstate 195 is now the main point of entry for the city, entering via the Braga Bridge from Somerset and leaving over "The Narrows," a small strip of land between the North and South Watuppa Ponds that carries Interstate 195, Route 6 and Old Bedford Road into Fall River from Westport as the roads make their way east towards New Bedford and Cape Cod. The highway covers much of the old path parallel to the Bay Colony/New Bedford Cape Cod Railroad as well the original path of the Quequechan River, and has resulted in a unique situation—it is one of the few highways in the country with a city hall (officially known as "Fall River Government Center") standing directly on top of it. The tunnel which passes below Government Center was the site of an accident in March of 1999, in which a cement ceiling tile, its supports worn away by poor drainage, collapsed, landed on several cars but not causing more than minor injuries. The incident caused major traffic problems in the area, and bears a striking resemblance to the incident involving the I-90 tunnel collapse (a part of the Big Dig) in 2006. At just over a mile long, the Charles M. Braga Jr. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Bristol County Settled 1640 Incorporated 1787 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Scott W. Lang (Dem)  - City Council President/Ward 6: Leo R. Pimental. ... This article is about the area of Massachusetts known as Cape Cod. For other uses, see Cape Cod (disambiguation). ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ... For other projects of the same name, see Big Dig. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In addition to Interstate 195, Fall River is also served by four other major routes, which include Route 6 (which passes over the Brightman Street Bridge going west before joining the city grid then continuing east into Westport); Route 24, a 2 Lane North/South divided highway linking Fall River to Boston and Newport; Route 79, another divided highway that begins at the Braga Bridge and continues northbound to Route 24; Route 138, which also enters the city via the Brightman Street Bridge before joining the city grid, passing southwards towards Aquidneck Island; and Route 81, which begins near the former site of the Quequechan River and travels south into Tiverton. Route 138, Route 24, I-195, and US 6 are based upon old Indian routes and trails. U.S. Route 6 is a main route of the U.S. Highway system, running east-northeast from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. ... The Brightman Street Bridge. ... Massachusetts State Highway 24 (Route 24) is a freeway (though not up to Interstate Highway standards north of I-495) in Southeastern Massachusetts, linking Fall River with the Boston metropolitan area. ... Boston redirects here. ... Newport, Rhode Island Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. ... Route 79 is a semi-rural highway in Southeastern Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts Route 138, is a north-south state highway in Massachusetts. ... Route 81 is a short south-north state highway in Massachusetts that connects Rhode Island Route 81 and I-195 in Fall River, Massachusetts. ...


Rail

The Fall River State Pier is still in operation, bringing goods into the city via boat and also by a freight train line which travels north from the pier parallel to Route 79. Plans are in the works to add commuter service along the current Stoughton Line of the MBTA's commuter rail line. This line would also connect New Bedford with the line, although no timetable has yet been set for completion of this project. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. ...


Bus

The city, along with New Bedford, shares ownership of the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA), a bus line which covers much of the south coast. Its hub and accompanying bus station is currently at the rear of South Main Place on Second Street, but plans are in the works to move it, with South Main Place destined to become the site of the new district courthouse (replacing the old one at the corner of Rock and Bedford Streets).


Air

Until approximately 1990, the Fall River Municipal Airport served as a general aviation airport for small planes and commuter flights to the Cape and Islands just north of the junction of Routes 79 and 24, but the airport has since closed, the land claimed for a landfill. Fall River Municipal Airport was an airport located in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States which was built between 1946 and 1951. ... General aviation (abbr. ...


Points of interest

Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime museum and war memorial that traces its origins to the wartime crew of the World War II battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts. ... Profile Rock, 1902. ... {{Infobox Person | name = | image = FLOlmstead. ...

Notable residents

Cornelius Newton Bliss (January 26, 1833 - ?) was an American merchant and politician. ... Lizzie Borden. ... Simeon Borden (January 29, 1798 - October 28, 1856) was an American inventor, engineer, and noted surveyor. ... Charles G. Buffinton, born Buffington (June 14, 1861 - September 23, 1907), was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1882 to 1892. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... James Chace (October 16, 1931-2004) was an eminent historian, writing on American diplomacy and statecraft. ... E.J. Dionne, Jr. ... ... This Week is one of the five network U.S. Sunday morning political talk shows. ... Greg Gagne (GAG-ne) (born November 12, 1961 in Fall River, MA), was a Major League Baseball Second baseman. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... Chris Albert Herren (born September 27, 1975 in Fall River, Massachusetts) is an American professional basketball player who was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft. ... Kearons is a small lunar crater that is located to the northwest of the Mare Imbrium impact basin, in the outer skirt of ejecta that surrounds the Montes Cordillera range. ... This article is about Earths moon. ... Emeril John Lagasse (born October 15, 1959, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. ... John Lee Love was the inventor of an improved plasterers hawk and pencil sharpener. ... Humberto Sousa Cardinal Medeiros (October 1, 1915 - September 17, 1983) was a Portuguese-born American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. ... Wendy Moniz (born January 19, 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA) is an actor, best known for her role as Dinah Marler Thorpe Jessup on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light (1995-1999) and primetime dramas Nash Bridges (2000-2001) and The Guardian (2001-2004). ... John Moriarty (September 30, 1930–), is a conductor and stage director of productions at opera companies throughout the USA, and a noted vocal coach and accompanist. ... Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr. ... This article is about the radio show hosted by Howard Stern. ... Bert Patenaude. ... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada  (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official:  Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Biggest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands  (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador  (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA... Joseph Raposo Jr. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Gerald Peter Remy (b. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... The New England Sports Network is a regional cable television network that covers the six New England states. ... George Robert Stephanopoulos (born February 10, 1961) is an American broadcaster and political adviser. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... This Week is one of the five network U.S. Sunday morning political talk shows. ... The ABC or Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the national, Australia. ... David B. Sullivan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Lt. ... Timothy Timmy the Bat Mello (b. ...

References

  1. ^ US Census. 1940 Population Reports. p. 32
  2. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ 1999 US Census data
  5. ^ [1969] (1979) in Reichler, Joseph L.: The Baseball Encyclopedia, 4th edition, New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8. 
  6. ^ JLL page at Inventors.about.com
  • Images of America: Fall River by: Rob Lewis (Introduction History Pages 7 and 8)

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