Brockton, Massachusetts (Images of Modern America Series) by James E. Benson, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Brockton

Brockton

by James E. Benson
     
 

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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

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439623800
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
54 MB
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Meet the Author


James Benson, a lifelong resident of the Brockton area and author of six books with Arcadia Publishing, has drawn on several sources to bring readers a sense of Brockton in more modern times. Many of the images in this book are from the Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection at Stonehill College.

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