Jenks Park & Cogswell Tower

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Jenks Park & Cogswell Tower
Cogswell Tower, Central Falls RI.jpg
Cogswell Tower
Jenks Park & Cogswell Tower is located in Rhode Island
Jenks Park & Cogswell Tower
Jenks Park & Cogswell Tower is located in the US
Jenks Park & Cogswell Tower
Location Central Falls, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°53′15″N 71°23′21″W / 41.88750°N 71.38917°W / 41.88750; -71.38917Coordinates: 41°53′15″N 71°23′21″W / 41.88750°N 71.38917°W / 41.88750; -71.38917
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1890
Architect Humes, Albert H.
MPS Central Falls MRA (AD)
NRHP Reference # 79000057 [1]
Added to NRHP April 6, 1979

Jenks Park is a city park of Central Falls, Rhode Island. The city's only large park, its development began in 1890 on land donated by Alvin Jenks. Its centerpiece is Cogswell Tower, designed by Pawtucket architect Albert H. Humes and built in 1904. A gift of Caroline Cogswell, the tower stands 18 feet (5.5 m) square and 70 feet (21 m) tall.[2] It has been the symbol of the City of Central Falls since its construction. The tower is supported by a brick barrel vault resting atop the historic Dexter's Ledge, from which, during King Philip's War in 1676, Native American scouts saw the approach of Captain Michael Pierce, and a company of Plymouth soldiers from the heights. Pierce's forces were ambushed and nearly annihilated by the Native Americans in "Pierce's Fight" at a site along the Blackstone River on March 26, 1676, where Pierce Park now stands.

The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Historic Resources of Central Falls, Rhode Island (PDF page 28)" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-07-17.