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Historic Providence

Providence Walks: Downtown Historic Timeline

Roger Williams
1636

Providence founded by Roger Williams
 

Brown University
1764

Brown University is founded

1776
Rhode Island is the first colony to declare independence from Great Britain

1790
Population is 6,380


Downtown Flooding
1815

Great Gale hits Providence, caused severe damage and flooding

1829
Providence Journal begins daily publishing

1835
Providence and Boston Railroad begins operating

1847
Providence and Worcester Railroad begins operating

 

Union Station
1848

Union Railroad Station opens

1868
Beginning of Providence’s Golden Age


City Hall
1875

Cornerstone of City Hall laid on June 24

1877
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is founded

1900
Population is 175,597


Johnson & Wales
1914

Johnson & Wales University is founded

1938
Hurricane of 1938, Providence submerged under nearly 11-foot storm tide

1940
Peak population is 253,504

1954
Hurricane Carol, downtown Providence flooded 

1966
Fox Point Hurricane Barrier completed, first of its type in the U.S.

1986
Providence River Relocation Project begins


Waterplace Park
1994

Waterplace Park opens and WaterFire debuts