Blackstone, Massachusetts

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Blackstone is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,804 at the 2000 census. It is formally a part of the Providence metropolitan area.[1] Blackstone is the only municipality in Massachusetts to employ automatic cameras in traffic enforcement.[2]

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History

This region was originally inhabited by the Nipmuc. Blackstone was first settled in 1662 and was officially incorporated in 1845. It was named after William Blaxton, the first settler in Boston and Rhode Island.[citation needed] Initially, the town was part of Mendon, Massachusetts before becoming a separate municipality. Prior to 1915, Blackstone contained the area to the west that would break away and become Millville, Massachusetts. Blackstone is within the area of the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It has recently been determined by the Blackstone River Valley Historical Society that in the late 1850's to the early 1920's French and Irish immigrants were feudal rivals and would often have war-like brawls at the area known as The Five Corners. It is still unknown how many battles were fought and how many people died from them. (Blackstone River Valley Historical Society document c-975 article b. released 12 October, 2010.)

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29.1 km²), of which, 10.9 square miles (28.2 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (2.94%) is water. The Blackstone River, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution,[3] meanders west to south east, on the south border of town.

The town is bordered by North Smithfield, RI and Woonsocket, RI to the south; Millville, Massachusetts to the west; Mendon, Massachusetts to the north, and Bellingham, Massachusetts (Norfolk County) to the east.

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