The Wellspring of Providence

The Wellspring of Providence (HM21C4)

Location: Providence, RI 02903 Providence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 49.836', W 71° 24.635'

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A freshwater spring attracted Roger Williams to this site and anchored the community.
Williams built his house across the street, and religious and civil meetings took place around its "gushing" waters.
The spring remained in community ownership until 1721.
When the land around the spring was sold, the deed stipulated that "liberty is reserved for the inhabitants to fetch water at said spring forever."
As the city grew, however, the spring was eventually hidden under buildings.
Finally, in the 1930's, the spring was uncovered and became the centerpiece of Roger Williams Spring Park.

The spring gushed forth from the hill-side in a copious stream, issuing from a shallow pool, and from boiling quicksands, and flowed down to the adjacent river.

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HM NumberHM21C4
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 299825 N 4633777
Decimal Degrees41.83060000, -71.41058333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 49.836', W 71° 24.635'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 49' 50.16" N, 71° 24' 38.1" W
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Area Code(s)401
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 237 N Main St, Providence RI 02903, US
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