Quequechan River

The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts, that flows in a northwesterly direction from the northwest corner of the South Watuppa Pond through the heart of the city of Fall River and into the end of the Taunton River at Mount Hope Bay at Heritage State Park/Battleship Cove.wikipedia
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Fall River Manufactory

From 1813, with the establishment of the Fall River Manufactory, the river enabled Fall River to establish itself as a leading textile center during the early 19th century.
The Fall River Manufactory (later known as Fall River Manufacturing Company) was the first cotton mill to be constructed across the Quequechan River in Fall River, Massachusetts (then known as Troy), United States.

Taunton River

The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts, that flows in a northwesterly direction from the northwest corner of the South Watuppa Pond through the heart of the city of Fall River and into the end of the Taunton River at Mount Hope Bay at Heritage State Park/Battleship Cove. The river consists of two distinct parts - a flat upper portion that flows between South Watuppa Pond and Troy Street and a steep, rapid section between Troy Street and the Taunton River near Battleship Cove.
The total length of the river is 37.0 miles (59.5 km) from the junction of the Town and Matfield Rivers in Bridgewater to the mouth of the Quequechan River in Fall River.

Mount Hope Bay

The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts, that flows in a northwesterly direction from the northwest corner of the South Watuppa Pond through the heart of the city of Fall River and into the end of the Taunton River at Mount Hope Bay at Heritage State Park/Battleship Cove.
Its main tributary is the Taunton River, and several smaller rivers drain directly into the bay, including the Quequechan River, Lee's River, Cole River, and Kickamuit River.

Fall River, Massachusetts

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The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts, that flows in a northwesterly direction from the northwest corner of the South Watuppa Pond through the heart of the city of Fall River and into the end of the Taunton River at Mount Hope Bay at Heritage State Park/Battleship Cove.
The "falling" river that the name Fall River refers to is the Quequechan River (pronounced "quick-a-shan" by locals) which flows through the city, dropping steeply into the bay.

Watuppa Ponds

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The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts, that flows in a northwesterly direction from the northwest corner of the South Watuppa Pond through the heart of the city of Fall River and into the end of the Taunton River at Mount Hope Bay at Heritage State Park/Battleship Cove. The river consists of two distinct parts - a flat upper portion that flows between South Watuppa Pond and Troy Street and a steep, rapid section between Troy Street and the Taunton River near Battleship Cove.
The ponds are drained by the Quequechan River, and flows in a westerly direction through the center of Fall River from South Watuppa Pond to Mount Hope Bay.

Troy Cotton & Woolen Manufactory

Troy Mills
In 1813, when the Troy Cotton & Woolen Company was established at this same site, the old dam was demolished and replace with a new dam three feet high.
Founded in 1813 by Oliver Chace, it was the second textile mill to be built over the Quequechan River, after the Fall River Manufactory.

Pocasset Manufacturing Company

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The Great Fall River Fire of 1928 destroyed the Pocasset Mills and the adjacent Granite Block, which had both been constructed directly over the river to the east of Main Street.
It was located just west of Main Street across the second falls of the Quequechan River.

Durfee Mills

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Between 1865 and 1869, several new mills were constructed on the river's north bank, including the Durfee Mills, the Merchants Mill, and the second Union Mill.
The Durfee Mills are located in geographically central Fall River, overlooking the northern bank of the Quequechan River, on a roughly triangular parcel bounded on the north by Pleasant Street and the southeast by Plymouth Avenue.

Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge

Braga Bridge
The river then reappears under the Braga Bridge before flowing under the stone arch of Central Street and into Battleship Cove.
The Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge, also known as the Braga Bridge, is a through truss bridge that carries Interstate 195 over the Taunton River between the town of Somerset and the city of Fall River, near the mouth of the Quequechan River at the confluence with Mount Hope Bay.

Fall River Railroad (1874)

Fall River Railroad
In 1875, the Fall River Railroad was built to provide a rail connection with New Bedford.
The line was built to provide rail access to the mills in the eastern part of Fall River along the Quequechan River valley.

History of Fall River, Massachusetts

History of Fall River, Massachusetts
The "falling" river that the name Fall River refers to is the Quequechan River (pronounced "Quick-a-shan" by locals).

Barnard Mills

Barnard Mills
The Barnard Mills complex occupies a highly visible location, set between Quarry Street and the Quequechan River, just northwest of Interstate 195 at its western junction with Massachusetts Route 24.

American Printing Co. and Metacomet Mill

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From there, it then flows parallel to the south side of the highway to Pocasset Street, passing under the Fall River Chamber of Commerce property and highway ramps before re-emerging on the uphill side of the former American Printing Company Mill #7 before it passes under the mill.
The mill was constructed of native field stones over the stream of the falling Quequechan River, which powered the machinery of the early mill.

Flint Mills

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Flint Mills
Flint Mills is an historic textile mill complex located on Alden Street in Fall River, Massachusetts, near the banks of the Quequechan River.

Chace Mills

Chace Mills
Chace Mills is set on the south side of the Quequechan River, on the northeast side of Lewiston Street at its junction with Salem Street.

Fall River Government Center

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Fall River Government Center
The old city hall, which had survived two fires was constructed directly over the Quequechan River, the source of power for the early textile mills.

Pilgrim Mills

Pilgrim Mills
The Pilgrim Mills complex is located east of downtown Fall River, on the north bank of the Quequechan River, south of Pleasant Street near 18th Street, and separated from Quarry Street by a strip of commercial development.

Massachusetts

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The Quequechan River is a river in Fall River, Massachusetts, that flows in a northwesterly direction from the northwest corner of the South Watuppa Pond through the heart of the city of Fall River and into the end of the Taunton River at Mount Hope Bay at Heritage State Park/Battleship Cove.

Massachusett language

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The word Quequechan means "Falling River" or "Leaping/Falling Waters" in Wampanoag, hence the city's name.

Interstate 195 (Rhode Island–Massachusetts)

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During the 1960s, Interstate 195 was constructed through the city along the length of the Quequechan River.

Culvert

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The portion west of Plymouth Avenue was routed underground through a series of box culverts, while much of the eastern section "mill pond" was filled in for the highway embankment including the start of the Quequechan River being filled in for Exit 2 on Route 24, and portions of Route 24 and 195 built directly on the Quequechan River resulting in a change in the water flow, fish and wildlife over the years.

Battleship Cove

The river then reappears under the Braga Bridge before flowing under the stone arch of Central Street and into Battleship Cove. The river consists of two distinct parts - a flat upper portion that flows between South Watuppa Pond and Troy Street and a steep, rapid section between Troy Street and the Taunton River near Battleship Cove.

Benjamin Church (ranger)

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The earliest use of the river for industrial purposes occurred in 1703 when Benjamin Church established a grist mill with a small dam just west of what is now South Main Street.

Nathaniel B. Borden

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The original members of the Watuppa Reservoir Company were David Anthony, Nathaniel B. Borden, Oliver Chace and Bradford Durfee.