By 1912, the citizens of the western portion of Warwick had been talking about secession. They possessed all the mills on the Pawtuxet River and were largely democratic, while the eastern section was primarily republican. Finally in 1913, the town of West Warwick was incorporated and became the youngest town in the state of Rhode Island.
West Warwick still maintains that status today as it celebrates its centennial in 2013. The town of nine villages—Arctic, Centreville, Clyde, Crompton, Lippitt, Natick, Phenix, River Point, and Wescott—has grown to be the 10th largest out of 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island. It is mainly located in the Valley of the Pawtuxet.
Join the Author for a Book Signing!
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: West Warwick Public Library
1043 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893
Highlights of West Warwick:
• The story of how Tollgate Road got its name.
• A rare picture of the bowling alley in the Majestic Building basement.
• Memories of the Palace, Gem, Odeon, Majestic and Thorton Theatres.
• Pictures of the restoration of a trolley that was enclosed in the Veterans Square Diner.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
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