Brockton, Massachusetts (Images of America Series)

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Brockton, first settled in 1700, was originally a part of Old Bridgewater, known as North Parish and later as North Bridgewater. On April 9, 1881, it officially became the City of Brockton. During the Civil War, Brockton was the largest producer of shoes in the country, earning it the nickname "Shoe City." As a growing industrial center, Brockton had the proud honor of being first in the world and nation in many ways. On October 1, 1883, the city became the first in the world to have a three-wire underground ...
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Brockton, first settled in 1700, was originally a part of Old Bridgewater, known as North Parish and later as North Bridgewater. On April 9, 1881, it officially became the City of Brockton. During the Civil War, Brockton was the largest producer of shoes in the country, earning it the nickname "Shoe City." As a growing industrial center, Brockton had the proud honor of being first in the world and nation in many ways. On October 1, 1883, the city became the first in the world to have a three-wire underground electrical system, initially turned on by Thomas Edison. In 1884, the Central Fire Station became the first electrically operated fire station in the country. In 1894, the City Theater had the distinction of being the first in the world tied to a three-wire underground system. In 1890, Col. James Edgar, owner of Edgar's Department Store, donned a Santa Claus outfit, becoming the first department store likeness of the jolly old man. Brockton is also known as the "City of Champions," being the hometown of boxing greats Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
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It took Brockton more than a century to outgrow its "Shoe City," but there has been no lack of change or claims to fame in this friendly city. For example, how many non-residents know that the world's first department store Santa welcomed children onto his lap in Brockton in 1890? (Hand-selling tip: We are becoming a more local nation with more local interests. According to a 2009 Newsweek article, fewer Americans are relocating than at any time since 1962.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738573083
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/12/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,364,239
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


James E. Benson is a lifelong resident of the Brockton area and a local historian. In Brockton, he has drawn on a vast collection of vintage images from private, institutional, and public sources, as well as the historic reminiscences of local citizens.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 North Bridgewater 11

2 Religious and Social Life 25

3 Destruction and Disaster 49

4 Boots and Shoes 61

5 People and Places 77

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