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|Fall River, Massachusetts|
A New England mill town that's thrived for over 200 years
Fall River, like many New England mill towns, is a prime example of the hard work that has been a defining trait of Americans from colonization to modern times. In 1778, a British warship found itself under attack by some of the most rebellious residents in southern Massachusetts. The Battle of Freetown left two British dead, and a colonial gristmill and sawmill aflame. Ironically, Fall River was to become one of the most industrious and mill-centered cities in New England.
Chartered in 1803, Fall River is located along the Quequechan River, with eight different falls and easy access to the ocean. With the help of the sea and the construction of a railroad in 1845, Fall River was open for business to the rest of the country and the world. In the 75 years following its founding, Fall River would grow to produce 1/6 of New England’s cotton products, and soon became known as the “spindle city”. Between the years of 1871 and 1872 alone, 15 new businesses and 22 new mills were built. Immigrants recognized the potential for work and Irish and French Canadians spilled into the city, establishing their lives in America. The population increased by 20,000, more than doubling the previous population. 12,000 new factory-owned houses were built. Not only was Fall River home to textile mills, but also the Fall River Iron Works and what would later be known as the American Printing Company.
In the early 20th century, World War I provided a great need for textiles, and business was thriving. After the war, however, demand declined, and by the Great Depression mills were closing as fast as they had come to town. By 1930 the entire city declared bankruptcy. Misfortune after misfortune plagued the city, but more recently, Fall River residents have helped their town get back on its feet.
Modern-day Fall River maintains a diverse selection of industries, unlike the domination of textiles in the 19th century. These include chemical, electrical, and food companies, along with several garment and textile mills, offering a much more sustainable economy. During recent economic struggles, Fall River has held strong due to its diverse and historic background.
With dozens of 19th century mills, businesses, and houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it would be hard to find a town with a history as present and rich as in Fall River. An exceptional World War II memorial displaying a variety of American warships to tourists helps retain the confidence that made Fall River such a successful city in its early years. A city filled with history, dedication, and industry, Fall River is a superb example of the hard work that is a defining characteristic of our country.