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Encyclopedia > Taunton, Massachusetts
Taunton, Massachusetts
Taunton Green at Christmas time, 2006

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Official seal of Taunton, Massachusetts
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Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°54′00″N 71°05′25″W / 41.9, -71.09028
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol County
Settled 1638
Incorporated 1639
Government
 - Type Mayor-City Council
 - Mayor Charles Crowley
Area
 - City  48.0 sq mi (124.2 km²)
 - Land  46.6 sq mi (120.7 km²)
 - Water  1.4 sq mi (3.5 km²)
Elevation  30 ft (9 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 55,976
 - Density Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "["/sq mi (1,201.1 mi² / 463.7/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02718, 02780, 02783
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: www.ci.taunton.ma.us

Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the seat of Bristol County and the hub of the Greater Taunton Area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 55,976. Image File history File links Taunton_Christmas_City. ... Image File history File links Source: Downloaded from http://www. ... Image File history File links Source: Downloaded from http://www. ... Image File history File links Taunton_ma_highlight. ... 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. ... 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. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... 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. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... 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. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... 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. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... 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... Though 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... Mr. ... 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. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... 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. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Introduction The Greater Taunton Area is the suburban area around the city of Taunton, in northeastern Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...


Taunton's nicknames are derived from its history. The moniker Silver City is born of Taunton's industrial past when companies such as F. B. Rogers/International Silver Co. as well as Poole Silver and Reed & Barton produced silver goods throughout the city. Christmas City is still evident each December with Christmas celebrations on the Taunton Green. The name Taunton means "town (or city) on the river." F.B. Rogers Silver Co. ...

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History

Taunton was founded in 1637 by Elizabeth Pole, and officially incorporated as a town on September 3, 1639. Most of the town's settlers were originally from Taunton, Somerset, England, which led early settlers to name the settlement after that town. At the time of Taunton's incorporation, they explained their choice of name as being, in honor and love to our dear native country... and owning it a great mercy of God to bring us to this place, and settling of us, on lands of our own bought with our money in peace, in the midst of the heathen, for a possession for ourselves and for our posterity after us.[citation needed] Prior to 1640, the Taunton area was called Cohannet. Elizabeth Poole (unspecified-May 21st, 1664; sometimes called Elizabeth Pole) was the foundress of Taunton, Massachusetts, in Colonial America. ... In local government, incorporation occurs when municipalities such as cities, towns, townships, villages, and boroughs become self-governing entities under the laws of the state or province in which they are located. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events January 14 - Connecticuts first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, is adopted. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130...

Mayflower Hill Cemetery
Mayflower Hill Cemetery

The British founders of Taunton took possession of the land from the native Wampanoags. The Taunton area was the site of battles (on its soil or the surrounding area) during various conflicts, including King Philip's War and the American Revolution. Taunton was re-incorporated as a city on May 11, 1864. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (992x668, 28 KB)Source: Downloaded from http://personal. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (992x668, 28 KB)Source: Downloaded from http://personal. ... The Wampanoag (Wôpanâak in the Wampanoag language) are a Native American people. ... Attack King Philips War was an armed conflict between Indian inhabitants of present-day southern New England and English colonists and their Indian allies from 1675–1676. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen Colonies that... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...


Once a great industrial city, the "Silver City" was home to many silversmithing operations, including the Taunton Silversmiths, Reed & Barton, Poole Silver, and the F.B. Rogers Silver Co./International Silver Co. Various other industries operated throughout the city into the third quarter of the 20th century. Band made of Silver. ... Reed & Barton is a prominent silversmith manufacturer based in the city of Taunton, Massachusetts since 1824. ... F.B. Rogers Silver Co. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


In October 2005, the nearby Whittenton Pond Dam threatened to fail following a week that brought nine inches of rain to the city. Over 2,000 city residents were evacuated[1] and Mayor Robert Nunes issued a State of Emergency. It is estimated that if the dam had failed, the Mill River would have inundated the downtown area with up to six feet of water. In response, Governor Mitt Romney ordered an immediate inspection of high-risk dams throughout the Commonwealth.[2][3] Whittenton Pond Dam is a dam across the Mill River in Taunton, Massachusetts. ... A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that may suspend certain normal functions of government, may work to alert citizens to alter their normal behaviors, or may order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans. ... Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947, better known as Mitt Romney), was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...


Taunton once included many surrounding towns, including Norton, Easton, Mansfield, Dighton, Raynham, and Berkley. Possession of the latter is still noted by the naming of Taunton Hill in Assonet, which is now North Main Street, a street that heads into Berkley.   Settled: 1669 â€“ Incorporated: 1711 Zip Code(s): 02766 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ...   Settled: 1694 â€“ Incorporated: 1725 Zip Code(s): 02356 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Dighton is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,175. ... Settled: 1652 â€“ Incorporated: 1731 Zip Code(s): 02767 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Berkley is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Taunton Hill was a small area of present-day Main Street in Assonet, within the town of Freetown, Massachusetts, USA. It was named in honor of the town/city of nearby Taunton. ... Location of Assonet. ...


Geography

An abstract map of Taunton's watershed
An abstract map of Taunton's watershed

Taunton is located at 41°54′5″N, 71°5′37″W (41.901491, -71.093628).GR1 According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 124.2 km² (48.0 mi²). 120.7 km² (46.6 mi²) of it is land and 3.5 km² (1.4 mi²) of it (2.81%) is water. This is the second largest city by area in Massachusetts.[citation needed] Only Boston, at 48.42 square miles of land, is larger. Image File history File links Source: Downloaded from http://www. ... Image File history File links Source: Downloaded from http://www. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... 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. ...


Taunton has one major river, the Taunton River, alongside with its tributaries including the Mill River and the Three Mile River. These rivers are within the Taunton River Watershed. The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ... The Mill River is a tributary of the Taunton River that runs from Lake Sabbatia, through the center of the city of Taunton, Massachusetts to the Taunton River. ... An abstract map of Tauntons watershed. ... // Introduction The Taunton River Watershed is made up of 562 miles of rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands in southeastern Massachusetts, USA. Its the second biggest watershed in the state. ...


There are nine designated historic districts within the city:

  • Bay Road Historic District, which is also known as Post Road. The road runs from Taunton to Boston (1300 acres (5.3 km²), 1 structure, 2 objects)
  • Bristol County Courthouse Complex (13 acres, 3 buildings)
  • Church Green Historic District is also known as Meetinghouse Common (160 acres, 18 buildings, 1 object)
  • Hopewell Mills District (120 acres, 13 buildings)
  • Old Bay Road Historic District is also known as The Post Road; The King's Highway (150 acres, 1 structure, 3 objects)
  • Reed and Barton Historic District
  • Taunton Green Historic District (50 acres, 22 buildings, 3 objects)
  • Taunton State Hospital Historic District is also known as the Taunton Lunatic Asylum (1250 acres (5.1 km²), 38 buildings, 8 structures)
Municipalities (in grey) that were once part of Taunton
Municipalities (in grey) that were once part of Taunton

Due to the annexation of towns from the original town of Taunton, the city now is irregularly shaped, with it (along with neighboring Raynham) roughly making a triangle. The city is bordered by Norton to the northwest, Easton to the north, Raynham to the northeast, Lakeville to the east, Berkley and Dighton to the south, and Rehoboth to the west. Image File history File links Taunton_ma_old_highlight. ... Image File history File links Taunton_ma_old_highlight. ...   Settled: 1669 â€“ Incorporated: 1711 Zip Code(s): 02766 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ...   Settled: 1694 â€“ Incorporated: 1725 Zip Code(s): 02356 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Settled: 1652 â€“ Incorporated: 1731 Zip Code(s): 02767 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ...   Lakeville is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Berkley is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Dighton is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,175. ... Rehoboth is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ...


City neighborhoods include Clearview Estates, East Taunton, Elliot's Corner, Herring Run Estates, Linden Estates, Matthews Landing, North Taunton, Oakland, Pine Crest Estates, Pine Hill Estates, Wades Corner, Weir Village, Westville, Whittenton, Whittenton Junction, Willis Lake Village and Woodward Estates. Taunton is also home to almost the entirety of the Massasoit State Park in East Taunton, and a large portion of the Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area in North Taunton.


Demographics

Historical Populations[citation needed]
Year Pop. Year Pop.
1790 1900 31,036
1800 1910 34,259
1810 1920 37,137
1820 1930 37,355
1830 1940 37,395
1840 1950 40,109
1850 1960 41,132
1860 1970 43,756
1870 1980 45,001
1880 1990 49,832
1890 2000 55,976

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 55,976 people, 22,045 households, and 14,483 families residing in the city. The population density was 463.7/km² (1,201.1/mi²). There were 22,908 housing units at an average density of 189.8/km² (491.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.67% White, 2.74% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.59% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.93% of the population. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... The Sixth Census of the United States, conducted by the Bureau of the Census, determined the resident population of the United States to be 17,069,453 — an increase of 32. ... ... The Seventh Census of the United States, conducted by the Bureau of the Census, determined the resident population of the United States to be 23,191,876 — an increase of 35. ... ... ... ... ... The Twetieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,542,199, an increase of 11. ... ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... The Eleventh United States Census was taken June 1, 1890. ... The Twenty-second United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ...


There are 22,045 households out of which 32.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 13.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.09. The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $42,932, and the median income for a family was $52,433. Males had a median income of $36,895 versus $27,686 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,899. About 8.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 11.3% 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

Bristol County Superior Courthouse with the Soper Fountain in the foreground.
Bristol County Superior Courthouse with the Soper Fountain in the foreground.

The city has a Mayor-Council form of government. Taunton also has a School Committee and many boards and commissions. As the seat of Bristol County, Taunton is home to the county's few administrative offices and several of its courthouses, including the Bristol County Superior Courthouse. The Massachusetts State Police's Troop D (Southeast District), 4th Barracks, patrols Taunton and is located in Middleborough. Image File history File links Bristol_County_Courthouse_B&W.jpg‎ Crop from a postcard that predates 1923. ... Image File history File links Bristol_County_Courthouse_B&W.jpg‎ Crop from a postcard that predates 1923. ... 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. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... 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. ...


Taunton is a part of three separate state representative districts: Third Bristol (entirely located in Taunton), Fifth Bristol (which includes Dighton, Somerset and part of Swansea), and Twelfth Bristol (including all or parts of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough and New Bedford). It is a part of the First Plymouth and Bristol state senate district, which also includes the towns of Berkley, Bridgewater, Carver, Dighton, Marion, Middleborough, Raynham and Wareham. On the national level, the town is part of Massachusetts Congressional District 4, which is represented by Barney Frank. The state's senior (Class I) Senator is Edward M. Kennedy, and the state's junior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2008, is John F. Kerry. 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. ... Al Gore (born December 11, 1943) is a Vietnam Veteran and the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ...


Politics

Taunton has been a hotbed area of local, state, and national American politics for centuries. Many famous political or politically-controversial events occurred in Taunton's long history. This town was the first in Colonial America where a women (Elizabeth Pole) was credited with its founding. Robert Treat Paine was a long-time Taunton resident and a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Attorney-General of Massachusetts. Part of King Phillip's War was fought on Taunton's limits. 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  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... It has been suggested that Warning out of town be merged into this article or section. ... Elizabeth Poole (unspecified-May 21st, 1664; sometimes called Elizabeth Pole) was the foundress of Taunton, Massachusetts, in Colonial America. ... Robert Treat Paine; Signer of the Declaration of Independence Robert Treat Paine Robert Treat Paine(March 11, 1731–May 11, 1814) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. ... King Philips War was a general Indian uprising in 1675-1676 to resist continued expansion of the English colonies in New England. ...


Former U.S. presidents, such as Presidents James K.Polk, William H.Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, gave campaign speeches in Taunton. The city's former Camp Myles Standish during WWII was a prisoner-of-war camp, a welcoming area for about a million U.S. and Allied soldiers; and a candidate site for the U.N. Headquarters, soon after the military camp closed. Although the city hasn't been as much of a hotbed of politics as it once was, it still continues to be a politically active region of Massachusetts. The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... 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... A Prisoner-of-war camp is a site for the containment of persons captured by the enemy in time of war. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... A military camp or bivouac is a minor, semi-permanent facility for the lodging of an army. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ...


Economy

Taunton economy has historically been based on silversmithing and shipbuilding. Reed & Barton produced the 1996 Summer Olympics medals and exclusively-used silverware for the White House. Also, the city produced the anchor for the USS Constitution. The nearby town of Raynham produced the anchor for the Civil War-era ironclad USS Monitor. The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, United States. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... “ Old Ironsides ” redirects here. ... Settled: 1652 â€“ Incorporated: 1731 Zip Code(s): 02767 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Ironclad warships, frequently shortened to just ironclads, were ships sheathed with thick iron plates for protection. ... USS Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy. ...


Today, the city's economy has many emphases on semiconductor, silicon, and electronics manufacturing. It is home to corporate headquarters of many leading corporations in various industries. Currently, the city is trying to attract biotechnology research companies to its industrial parks.


Education

Education in Taunton ranges from preschool through post-secondary education.


Primary and secondary

Taunton has ten public elementary schools and four public middle schools,[4] which include:

  • Barnum School serves students in preschool.
  • Summer Street School serves students in kindergarten.
  • Edmund Hatch Bennett School, named for the city's first mayor, serves students in grades K-4.
  • Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School, named for the city's 36th mayor, serves students in grades K-4.
  • East Taunton Elementary School serves students in grades K-4.
  • Harold H. Galligan School, a former Catholic school now named for a past school superintendent, serves students in grades K-4.
  • Hopewell School serves students in grades K-4.
  • Edward F. Leddy School, formerly the Sacred Heart Grammar School and now named for a former city councilman, serves students in grades K-4.
  • The Lowell M. Maxham School, named for a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, serves students in grades K-4.
  • Elizabeth Pole School, named for the city's founder, serves students in grades 1-4.
  • Benjamin A. Friedman Middle School, named for a former mayor, serves students in grades 5-8.
  • Joseph H. Martin Middle School serves students in grades 5-8.
  • Mulcahey Middle School serves students in grades 5-8.
  • John F. Parker Middle School serves students in grades 5-8.

The city also has three Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic middle school:[5] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ...

  • Villa Fatima Pre School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School
  • St. Mary's Primary School
  • Taunton Catholic Middle School

Taunton has two public high schools (Taunton High School and Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School) and one Catholic high school (Coyle and Cassidy High School). A photo of Taunton High Schools main entrance way. ... Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is a vocational high school located in Taunton, Massachusetts. ... Coyle and Cassidy High School, often referred to as simply Coyle, is a private, Catholic Diocesan high school located in Taunton, Massachusetts, USA. The school bases its teachings in which the Christian philosophy of life is modeled. ...


Higher education

Taunton is home to a satellite campus of Bristol Community College, which meets at Taunton High School. In addition, the city houses career schools such as the RobRoy Academy beauty school. Bristol Community College is a two-year community college in Fall River, Massachusetts. ...


Culture

See also: Published works about Taunton

The city is serviced by a central public library, the Taunton Public Library, which opened in 1903 and has undergone several expansions and renovations since that time. Also of note is the Old Colony Historical Society, which archives the city and region's past. // Published works Publications 0-9 A-B A comprehensive management study of the Taunton, Massachusetts Police Department. ... Old Colony Historical Society museum building The Old Colony Historical Society (OCHS) is a local museum in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. The museum is situated in the former Bristol Academy building. ...


The Taunton Green is the name of the city square. Early in its history, "The Green" was used as a training ground for militias in the American Revolution. Some say it was also the site of the historic "Liberty & Union"/"Taunton" flag raising in 1774 by the Sons of Liberty, prior to the American Revolution.[6] In the 20th and 21st century, the city square was temporarily transformed during the winter holiday season into a grand display of Christmas lights, scenes, and extravagant events. This is where and how the city earned its unofficial nickname in the surrounding areas as the "Christmas City." John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen Colonies that... The Sons of Liberty as depicted in British press The Sons of Liberty was a label adopted by Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies before the American Revolution. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ...


"The Green" continues to provide a centralized location for city-wide Christmas activities, other holidays, events, and parades for the citizens of Taunton. A waterfall can sometimes be found at the center of the Taunton Green, although currently it is used only rarely, possibly to defray maintenance costs.


Always to be seen flapping together in emblematic unison, the "Liberty & Union" flag and the U.S. flag fly side-by-side on the flagpole at the city's center.


Media

Taunton is served by several publications including the Silver City Bulletin, The Taunton Call, Brockton Enterprise, and the Taunton Daily Gazette. Regional papers of importance such as the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Providence Journal, are also widely available. The Taunton Call is a free newspaper that is mailed monthly to the residents of the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, by The Call Group Inc. ... The Enterprise is an afternoon daily regional newspaper published in Brockton, Massachusetts. ... The Taunton Daily Gazette (Taunton Sunday Gazette on Sundays) is a daily newspaper founded in 1848. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The Boston Herald is a tabloid newspaper (not to be confused with tabloid press periodicals), the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston, Massachusetts, with a daily circulation of 230,543 in September 2005. ... The Providence Journal is a daily newspaper serving the metropolitan area of Providence, Rhode Island. ...


Taunton has local cable television channels which include the Taunton Educational Network (channel 9), Taunton Local Access (channel 15), and Taunton Municipal Network (channel 17). Comcast's Taunton system carries all Providence and Boston stations as well and both markets are available over-the-air. The two radio stations based in Taunton are WPEP 1570 AM and WSNE 93.3 FM, the latter of which primarily serves and has its studios in Providence. WPEP is an AM broadcast station operating on a frequency of 1570 kc from Taunton, Massachusetts. ...


Some of the major Internet providers in Taunton are Comcast, EarthLink, SBC Yahoo! Dial, and Verizon. The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP), Taunton's electric company, is also an Internet service provider for the city and its surrounding towns. Comcast Corporation, (NASDAQ: CMCSA) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the largest cable company and the second largest Internet service provider in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) established in 1897, is a municipal electric utility within the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, USA. Prior to 1897, the TMLP was the Taunton Electric Lighting Company, which lit Main Street/City Square area in 1892. ... For information regarding the 1970s childrens television show, see The Electric Company. ...


Healthcare and utilities

Taunton is home to the Morton Hospital and Medical Center. It has been suggested that Morton Hospital Heliport be merged into this article or section. ...


Electricity is provided to residents by the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant. Municipal water and sewer also service the city.


Transportation

See also: Old Colony Railroad

Taunton is the central highway hub of southeastern Massachusetts. Much of the eastern part of the state's major highways intersect and/or runs through the city, especially at its center. US 44, MA 138, and MA 140 intersect at a square at Taunton's center, which is called the Taunton Green. MA 140 is also accessible from the eastern neighborhood of the city, popularly referred to as "East Taunton." Additionally, MA 24 and MA 140 intersect near East Taunton, and it is at that junction that Route 140 ceases to be a 2-lane divided freeway from the south and becomes a smaller state highway to the north. Interstate 495 runs through the northern portion of Taunton, unofficially referred to as "North Taunton", and parallel to Myles Standish Industrial Park, Taunton's main industrial park. The Old Colony Railroad connected the South Shore and Cape Cod with Boston, Massachusetts. ... United States Highway 44 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 238 miles (383 km) from Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Hudson Valley region of New York. ... Massachusetts Route 138, is a north-south state highway in Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts Route 140, is a southeast-northwest state highway in Massachusetts. ... 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. ... Interstate 495 (abbreviated I-495) is the designation of an Interstate highway beltway in Massachusetts. ...


Various smaller routes run through other parts of the city. These include a small portion of MA 104, close to the Taunton-Raynham city limits, and MA 79, close to the Taunton-Berkley-Lakeville (Plymouth County) city-town-county limits. Taunton is the western terminus of MA 104. It merges into US 44 after entering the city. Massachusetts Route 104, is a (short) east-west state highway in Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts State Highway 79 (Route 79) is a semi-rural highway in Southeastern Massachusetts . ... Plymouth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...


Several freight rails pass through the city on their way towards Fall River, New Bedford and a link-up with the line in Middleborough. There are plans being worked on to link up parts of this rail with the Stoughton line of the MBTA commuter rail system to Boston. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority, or GATRA, provides bus mass transit. 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, USA area. ... The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) oversees and coordinates public transportation in the areas of Attleboro and Taunton, Massachusetts and nearby areas. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ...


Taunton also has its own municipal airport, serving mostly smaller craft and occasional commuter jets. The nearest airport with national airline service is at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, and the nearest international service is at Logan International Airport in Boston. Taunton Municipal Airport (IATA: TAN, ICAO: KTAN)[1][2] is a general aviation airport located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, USA. // History The Taunton Municipal Airport was established in 1919 by Henry King, who was at that time a skilled pilot in the early years of aviation. ... T. F. Green Airport is an airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, near Providence. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


Notable residents

  • Two Major League Baseball players were born in Taunton: George Bignell (1858) and Scott Hemond (1965). Five have lived in town: Tim Donahue (1902), Mike Hines (1910), San Burke (1933), Ezra Lincoln (1951), and Benny Bowcock (1961).
  • Mary Christian, who was at one time authenticated as the oldest living American, was born in Taunton on June 12, 1889. Christian became the oldest American upon the death of Mae Harrington on December 29, 2002, and held the title until her own death on April 20, 2003.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... Mike Hines, Born Michael Glenn Alexander Hines, May 15th, 1981. ... Benjamin James Bowcock (October 28, 1879 - June 16, 1961) was a Major League Baseball second baseman. ... Mary Dorothy (Perry) Christian (June 12, 1889-April 20, 2003) was born in Massachusetts to parents whose name had been Anglicized from Perreira. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The following is a list of notable people from Taunton, Massachusetts, USA. These individuals were born in Taunton, were long-time residents of the city, or were buried within the city limits. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

References

  1. ^ Town Braces For Massive Flood. CBS News (October 18, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-06-09.
  2. ^ Mass. Dam Continues To Hold. CBS News (October 18, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-06-09.
  3. ^ Officials still fear dam collapse. CNN (October 18, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-06-09.
  4. ^ Taunton High District Report Card. Taunton Public Schools (2006). Retrieved on 2007-06-09.
  5. ^ Catholic Education Center. Diocese of Fall River (2006). Retrieved on 2007-06-09.
  6. ^ Taunton, Massachusetts. Encyclopedia Britannica 11th Edition at LoveToKnow Classic Encyclopedia (1911/2006). Retrieved on 2007-06-09.

is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ...

External links

  • City of Taunton's Home Page
  • Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce's Official Home Page
  • Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development's Official Home Page
  • Taunton Public Library's Official Home Page
  • The Beer Can Museum
  • Maps and aerial photos for 41°54′05″N 71°05′37″W / 41.901491, -71.093628Coordinates: 41°54′05″N 71°05′37″W / 41.901491, -71.093628
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Taunton has three national banks with capital stock aggregating $1,300,000; and two savings banks carrying deposits at the close of last year amounting to $4,679,034.
The largest park is known as "Taunton Green," occupying an elevated area of one and a half acres, in the centre of the city, and well shaded with handsome trees.
The plant was established near the pond, still bearing the name of "Leonard's Forge Pond," in Taunton (now Raynham); and for two centuries the Leonards and their descendants carried on smelting iron and manufacturing therefrom articles of many kinds.
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