Fall River, Massachusetts

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Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is located about 46 miles (74 km) south of Boston, 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Providence, Rhode Island, and 12 miles (19 km) west of New Bedford and 10 miles (16 km) south of Taunton. The city's population was 91,938 during the 2000 census, making it the eighth largest city in the state. The 2008 population is listed as 90,931, a population decrease of 1.1% from 2000.[1] The current mayor of the city is Will Flanagan, elected in 2009.

Located along the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River, the City became famous during the 19th century as the leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. While the textile industry has long since moved on, its impact on the City's culture and landscape remains to this day.

Fall River's official motto is "We'll Try", dating back to the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1843. It is nicknamed "The Scholarship City", because Dr. Irving Fradkin founded Dollars for Scholars here in 1958.

Fall River is well-known for Lizzie Borden, who was accused, and later acquitted of the 1892 double axe-murder of her father and stepmother that occurred at her home on Second Street in the city. Fall River is also known for Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels. It is also the only city in the United States to have its city hall located over an interstate highway.


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