View of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Blackstone River

Pawtucket is a Rhode Island city founded in 1671. It was home to the father of the American Industrial Revolution, Samuel Slater. The construction of his historic textile mill, called Slater Mill, marked the beginning of said revolution in 1793. Since then Pawtucket has shifted out of textiles (with only a few specialty manufacturers remaining) and has grown to hold 300 diversified industries with the most prominent being jewelry, silverware, and metalworking.

Pawtucket houses nearly 73,000 residents with a median age of 35.4 (as of the 2000 census). It is a diverse city home to many cultures resulting in a spectrum of sights, sounds, and flavors. Its neighborhoods have all improved greatly over the last decade as the city's developmental policies focus on improving the quality of residential areas and expanding emplyoment. With an emerging interest and concentration on the arts, Pawtucket has introduced performing arts as well as incorporated visual arts into the community.

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The beautiful McCoy Stadium
Friendship Garden at Slater Memorial Park

Downtown Pawtucket has received federal recognition for its contributions to community planning, industry and architecture. The Historic District has been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

After major renovations in 1999, the ballpark is beautiful with it’s hand-painted murals of past Pawsox turned baseball greats and left field berm. Photo posters with biographies of players, information about the stadium, and the longest game, hung about the concourses and around the clubhouses make for a good reason as to why McCoy Stadium is one of the most visited minor league ballparks in the country. At McCoy, fans enjoy promotional giveaways, such as “bat night” and “bobble-head night” and after choice games, especially on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, get the opportunity to watch a fireworks display, which, packing the streets outside, draws citizens from all over Pawtucket. The Pawtucket Redsox also host concerts in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, in which past acts included The Dropkick Murphys, The Counting Crows and Bob Dylan. The show at McCoy kicks off the festival in July. As the Triple-A affiliate of Boston, fans can watch Red Sox players rehabbing injuries with the Pawsox and view possible Red Sox athletes of the future. Current Sox players Kevin Youkilis and 2008 season MVP Dustin Pedroia, both originated in Pawtucket before getting there chances to play in the big leagues. Tickets for games are $10 for Box Seats and $6 for General Admission..

Fall events are Pumpkins in the Park, a display of hundreds of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns, and The Haunted Tunnel, which occur from late September until Halloween. Winter Wonderland occurs in December, and includes the opening of the carousel for that special event, decorated Christmas trees, and concerts. The Pawtucket Arts Festival holds concerts and other events in the park during the summer, the most popular being the free concert performed by The Boston Pops and a finale of fireworks, which acts as the closing to the festival






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Routes through Pawtucket

Boston Attleboro  N  S  Providence New Haven
Boston Attleboro  N  S  Providence New Haven
Ends at Attleboro  N  S  East Providence Providence
Woonsocket Central Falls  N  S  East Providence Newport
Worcester Central Falls  N  S  END

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