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

Woonasquatucket River

(Woon ahs kwa tuck it = where the salt water ends)

 
 
Woonasquatucket River Front of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
1. Woonasquatucket River Front of Marker
Inscription. The Woonasquatucket River is one of the fourteen federally designated American Heritage Rivers. From its headwaters in North Smithfield, it flows to Providence where it creates Waterplace Park, and then joins other rivers to form the upper part of Narragansett Bay.

The River played a powerful role in Rhode Island's progression from pioneer to national leader in the American Industrial Revolution. This rich industrial heritage left behind dams that prevent the passage of fish-such as herring, shad, and eel-that need to move between fresh and saltwater to spawn.

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council's mission to reclaim this River as a natural, historic, and recreational resource includes returning these fish to the river through the restoration of fish passages.

Follow the river upstream and you may see great blue herons, painted turtles, kingfishers, red-tailed hawks and the first fish ladder at Rising Sun Mills.
 
Location. 41° 49.754′ N, 71° 25.445′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is on Promenade Street just west of Bath Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Providence RI 02909, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance

Woonasquatucket River Rear of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
2. Woonasquatucket River Rear of Marker
of this marker. Rhode Island State House (approx. half a mile away); Wall of Hope (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fountain Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); Snow Town Riot 1831 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gone From Hence (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Century to Statehood (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Shelter for Persons Distressed (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Woonasquatucket River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
3. Woonasquatucket River Marker
Woonasquatucket River image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
4. Woonasquatucket River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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