Woonsocket... What a lovely name for a place. Makes me curious.
it is one of the places where the US industrial revolution thrived.
between 1800 and about 1960 the place was full of textile mills ( as was everywhere along the blackstone river valley )
and there was us rubber plant there as well. after all the mills closed
and went south, then to mexico and now other places the mills buildings are just a reminder
of when water was king. the name is a native american name ( narragansett? iroquois? )
which means something like "thunder mist" referring to the waterfalls
on the blackstone river. in the mid 1800s there was a huge influx
of farm-folk ( first girls then their families ) from the french regions of canada
and they worked in the mills in woonsocket as well as everywhere else in new england
places like the boots mill in lowel massachusetts built dormitories for the girls, had schools &c ( 1840s )
and as late as the 1970s french was still the main language of the town and
a lot of people still refer to the town as " woon - sockettte " ( said with a french accent )
sk grimes is located in woonsocket, ( adam &co. / grimes camera repair is too... steve (grimes) used to make me laugh --
he used to always say he was located in downtown woonsocket "city on the move" ..
if you like mill buildings ( big and small ) made of field stone / random ashlar construction, brick wood
duplex ( side by side 1+2 story ) mill workers housing, and a downtown that looked like time stopped in about 1960 you might like woonsocket
Much of New England is a mixture of old and new. Not so much different than Germany, I think, except that the old there is often much older than the old here.
Many of the old mill buildings have been restored into new use, sometimes a few times over. But they are everywhere and the supply exceeds the demand in many places.
They are taking down many of the mills here in Woonsocket Rhode Island these days, because they are starting to set them on fire and cause vagrancy etc.... It's sad because the old abandoned mills were so beautiful, I actually filmed movie here a few years back and now I see where I filmed was destroyed, the movie was called surrogates with Bruce Willis, it wasn't a very good movie, and I blame the editor because I know the scenes that I was in were amazingly shot, so they just cut it together very poorly, but all the scenes where they are derelict people Hippie type, were all filmed here in Rhode Island at these Abandoned Mills.
~Stone | "...of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."~Dennis Miller
there are always mill-fires,
but they happen in every city that has mills
and people that unfortunately have to live on the streets get caught in the middle.
its not just woonsocket ...
the historic preservation commission is pretty strong in RI
they are reusing more mills than they are tearing them down ...