Congress approves creation of Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

U.S. SEN. JACK REED STANDS on a large map of the Blackstone Valley during a July 2011 event highlighting the effort to designate the Blackstone River Valley corridor as a national park. Congress, on Friday, approved designating the area as a national park. / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. JACK REED
U.S. SEN. JACK REED STANDS on a large map of the Blackstone Valley during a July 2011 event highlighting the effort to designate the Blackstone River Valley corridor as a national park. Congress, on Friday, approved designating the area as a national park. / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. JACK REED
WOONSOCKET – Rhode Island will soon have the country’s next national park. A project that has been decades in the making, the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, now only needs the president’s signature. Congress passed the plan on Dec. 12 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The multisite park includes areas of…

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