History of Fire and Fire Protection in
Steamer Company 1 in front
of St. James Church in 1875
Over the course of the next century, Woonsocket would grow to become one of the country's great industrial centers. In the process, it would also become a leader in the implementation of effective fire prevention methods. Slow burning construction for mill buildings, an innovative and extensive water system and a modern fire department were all developed in Woonsocket in the nineteenth century.
Click on the play button below to see my interview with Glenn Laxton of Channel 12 Eyewitness News on the history of fire and fire protection in nineteenth century Woonsocket which aired on June 8, 2003.
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You can also read the presentation at I gave at the Museum of Work and Culture on March 30, 2003 that was the basis for this news story.
Fire and Fire Protection in Nineteenth Century Woonsocket (PDF: 831KB, 20 Pages)
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