Pawtucket Falls (Rhode Island)

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Pawtucket Falls

Pawtucket Falls is a waterfall on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Below the falls, the river becomes tidal and changes its name to the Seekonk River. The falls provided power for Samuel Slater’s cotton spinning mill, which was built in 1793 and is said to have been responsible for starting the Industrial Revolution in America.[citation needed]


Pawtucket is an Algonkian word meaning "at the falls in the river (tidal stream)".[1]

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Coordinates: 41°52′37.69″N 71°22′56.18″W / 41.8771361°N 71.3822722°W / 41.8771361; -71.3822722