Pawtucket Falls is a waterfall on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The falls are located a half mile upstream from where the Blackstone flows into the Seekonk River. The falls provided power for Samuel Slater's cotton spinning mill, which was built in 1793 and is said to have been responsible for starting the Industrial Revolution in America.
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Pawtucket is an Algonkian word meaning "at the falls in the river (tidal stream)".
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