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Pawtucket in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Old Slater Mill

 
 
Old Slater Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2018
1. Old Slater Mill Marker
Inscription.

Samuel Slater (1768-1835) opened this water-powered cotton spinning factory in 1793. Slater had left England in 1789 with working knowledge of mechanical yarn-making, and in Pawtucket he discovered artisans with the skills necessary for starting the Industrial Revolution in the United States.

With the power of the Blackstone River, talented artisans to build his machinery, capital from Providence merchants, and workers willing to labor hard and long in the new factory, Slater set the mill in motion. From this beginning, industrialization spread throughout America.

[Illustrations, from left to right, read]
Samuel Slater learned about cotton spinning technology in a water-powered English mill. He came to the United States in 1789 and, with considerable assistance, reproduced mechanized textile machines for use in the United States.

Slater Mill was the model for a style of management called the Rhode Island System of Manufacture. Small, privately-financed mills were often managed by the owners. They employed entire families, including children, who worked long hours in mills filled with thick dust and the deafening clatter of machinery.

Slater hired women and children to harness what was thought to be an under-employed labor force. This print of mechanical spinning machines called "mules" (right)

Waterpower Marker (left) and Old Slater Mill Marker (right) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2018
2. Waterpower Marker (left) and Old Slater Mill Marker (right)
The Wilkinson Mill is in the background, with the Slater Mill obscured at distant right of photo
shows both the spinning of yard and different roles of the workers.
 
Erected by Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and Old Slater Mill Association.
 
Location. 41° 52.642′ N, 71° 22.972′ W. Marker is in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Slater Mill Historic Site grounds, along the raceway just south of the Wilkinson Mill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waterpower (here, next to this marker); Wilkinson Mill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Wilkinson Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Old Slater Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); First Successful Cotton Mill in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Sylvanus Brown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Slater Mill Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Park and Riverwalk (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pawtucket.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
Old Slater Mill image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2018
3. Old Slater Mill
Marker is about 125 feet WSW of the Slater Mill bell tower, along the mill raceway
(Submitted on June 5, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Samuel Slater: American Industrialist. (Submitted on June 5, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Samuel Slater Bio. (Submitted on June 5, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Mill race along Wilkinson Mill image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen
4. Mill race along Wilkinson Mill
View toward Slater Mill from the marker location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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