Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is a city on the northeastern end of the state. The city is directly on the border with Massachusetts. Pawtucket is divided in half by the Seekonk River, which becomes the Blackstone River as it moves north.
McCoy Stadium is located in Pawtucket. The baseball stadium was built in 1942 and is home to the Pawtucket Red Sox minor league baseball team. The field hosted a baseball game in 1981 that ran for 33 innings, which makes it the longest professional baseball game in recorded history. The stadium also hosts various local football games and concerts.
The toy and game company Hasbro has its international headquarters in Pawtucket. The company was formed in nearby Providence in 1923. The company is famous for producing board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, and Risk. It is also behind iconic toys such as Mr. Potato Head, Nerf, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and the Easy-Bake Oven.
Pawtucket features a large Arts and Entertainment District that is around 300 acres in size. The district is in the downtown area. The Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts and the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre are among the most noteworthy parts of the district.
Pawtucket was founded in 1671 after Joseph Jenks purchased about 60 acres of land in the area. The original settlement was destroyed during King Philip’s War a few years later. Pawtucket would rebuild and become a prominent manufacturing hub during the Industrial Revolution. Pawtucket was incorporated as a city in 1886, although many manufacturing companies moved to the south in the early twentieth century. The city continues to house manufacturing companies, including ones devoted to woven and non-woven fabrics such as lace.
Pawtucket has a population of 70,000. The city is the fourth-largest in Rhode Island. The city has a large French and French-Canadian population and is home to an influx of refugees from Liberia dating back to Charles Taylor’s rule during the turn of the twenty-first century.
Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1 both run through the middle part of Pawtucket. The MBTA’s Providence/Stoughton Line also has a station in Pawtucket. The line goes north to downtown Boston.
The Pawtucket School Department operates public schools in the city, including the William Tolman and Charles Shea High Schools.
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