Falls at Slater’s Mill

Falls at Slaters Mill 2

Yesterday we bicycled a rail-trail from Woonsocket to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, stopping at Slater’s Mill. This was the first water powered cotton-spinning mill in the US, courtesy of Slater’s industrial espionage to import a bit of British technology. The mill itself in undergoing a bit of preservation and currently surrounded in scaffolding.


4 thoughts on “Falls at Slater’s Mill

  1. Crooked Tracks

    The importation of new technology, what a time it must have been back then, of course, not too good for the workers themselves in the clothing industries.

  2. milfordstreet Post author

    I think that goes for any new technology. My great grandfather came to this country as a blacksmith in the early 1900s and I’m sure saw his job marginalized by mass produced goods and automobiles replacing horses. On the other hand another generation in the late 1800s became electricans and gas fitters at a time when that was the new “high tech”.


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