The Changing City: View from the Roger Williams Memorial Park
185 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
Roger Williams settled in this area because of its fresh water spring. Look out from the park towards the west and you will see the gleaming white RI State House. Early settlers in Providence looked out onto the Great Salt Cove and wharves teeming with activity in this busy seaport. Filled in during the late 1800s as the city became an industrial powerhouse, the watery cove was covered with train tracks, as well as commercial and manufacturing buildings.