Blackstone River Valley designated as national 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. President Barack Obama recently signed legislation 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. President Barack Obama recently signed legislation designating the area as a national park. / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. JACK REED
PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park has become United States’ latest national park. President Barack Obama recently signed U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s legislation, “Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act,” making the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution a national historical park, with the city’s Slater Mill as its headlining attraction,…

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