Fall River, Massachusetts

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Fall River, Massachusetts
City of Fall River
Downtown Fall River in 2007
Downtown Fall River in 2007
Flag of Fall River, Massachusetts
Flag
Official seal of Fall River, Massachusetts
Seal
Official logo of Fall River, Massachusetts
Nickname(s): 
"The Scholarship City," "The River", "Spindle City", "Where the River Falls"
Motto(s): 
"We'll Try"[1][2]
"Make It Here"[3]
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Fall River, Massachusetts is located in the United States
Fall River, Massachusetts
Fall River, Massachusetts
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 41°42′05″N 71°09′20″W / 41.70139°N 71.15556°W / 41.70139; -71.15556Coordinates: 41°42′05″N 71°09′20″W / 41.70139°N 71.15556°W / 41.70139; -71.15556
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyBristol
Settled1670
Incorporated1803
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorJasiel F. Correia II
 • City Council[4]Cliff Ponte
President

Pam Laliberte-Lebeau
Vice President

Shawn A. Cadime
Joseph D. Camara
Steven A. Camara
Bradford L. Kilby
Stephen R. Long
Leo O. Pelletier
Derek R. Viveiros
Area
 • Total40.3 sq mi (104.5 km2)
 • Land33.1 sq mi (85.8 km2)
 • Water7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)
Elevation
74 ft (37 m)
Population
 • Total87,103
 • Estimate 
(2016)[5]
87,103
 • Density2,200/sq mi (830/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
02720-02724
Area code(s)508 / 774
FIPS code25-23000
GNIS feature ID0612595
Websitewww.fallriverma.org

Fall River is a city in southeast Massachusetts. The city had a population of 88,857 at the 2010 census.[6] Fall River was founded in 1803.[7] In 1804 the town name was changed to Troy, named for Troy, New York. In 1834 the name changed back to Fall River.[7]

A fire in 1834 destroyed the center of the village. The rebuilding effort is the origin of the city's motto "We'll Try".[7] It became a city in 1854. Fall River became famous as a leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. It is also known for Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels.[8] It is the home of the USS Massachusetts (BB-59).

Fall River was also the home of Lizzie Borden.[9] In 1893 she was put on trial for the axe-murders of her parents. Found not guilty, the people of Fall River treated her like an outcast for the rest of her life.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Chapter 2-1, Current City Charter, rev. 1995 under ordinance 1995-42.
  2. (Mass.), Fall River (8 February 2018). "The Municipal Register for 1857, Containing the City Charter, with Rules and Orders of the City Council, and the Ordinances of the City of Fall River". J.S. Potter – via Google Books.
  3. "A Rallying Cry for the Dream Chasers, A Mantra for the Hard Workers: Fall River Case Study". Figmints Digital Creative Marketing. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  4. "2018-2019 City Council - Official Municipal Website of the City of Fall River, Massachusetts".
  5. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. "Fall River (city), Massachusetts". U.S. Census; State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Stefani Koorey, Fall River History Club, Fall River Revisited (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012), p. 129
  8. "Battleship Cove; America's Fleet Museum". Battleship cove. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Stefani Koorey, Fall River History Club, Fall River Revisited (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012), p. 7