In 1830, the area around you was bustling with activity that dramatically changed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley. The Blackstone Canal, across Canal Street from where you stand, was an economic lifeline. The canal linked Providence's seaport to Worcester, Massachusetts, 45 miles north. Horses pulled barges upstream filled with bales of cotton, iron rods, and bushels of oysters. They made the return trip with finished goods like chairs, cloth, iron castings, and hogsheads of cider. Workers used handcarts and wagons to move goods back and forth between the canal and sailing vessels anchored in Providence's deep-water port, about a half mile away.
The two Unions between Worcester and Providence -
the first was as weak as water, the last as strong as iron.
A toast at a meeting between railroad officials, November 11, 1847
After about 20 years, a new technology-railroads-replaced the Blackstone Canal for faster and cheaper transportation of goods and materials.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 49.761′ N, 71° 24.645′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is on Canal Street (U.S. 44) north of Park Row, on the left when traveling south
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gone From Hence (a few steps from this marker); A Changing Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Roger Williams National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Prophet of Religious Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Realizing Providence (about 300 feet away); A Howling Wilderness (about 300 feet away); A Livelie Experiment (about 400 feet away); A Shelter for Persons Distressed (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Also see . . .
1. Blackstone Canal at Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Blackstone Canal Conservancy. (Submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.