Fields Point

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Thomas Field house, ca. 1690, on Fields Point, a vernacular stone-ender that is now demolished

Fields Point (also known as Field's Point) is a historic park in Providence, Rhode Island jutting into Narragansett Bay right near the Providence River and Route 95.

History[edit]

The point was named after William Field, a British colonist who settled in Providence, RI with a acreage and a house on what is now South Main Street. In the 19th century, Fields Point Farm, a 37-acre (150,000 m2) park, developed as the major recreational area in the city until Roger Williams Park was created in 1871.[2] Visitors came to the Point to visit Colonel Atwell's Clam House, Edgewood Beach, The Washington Park Yacht Club and Kerwin's Beach.[3]

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the US Maritime Commission selected Field's Point as a location for a shipyard as part of the Emergency Shipbuilding Program. Much of what had previously been there was sacrificed to wartime necessity. The yard was eventually taken over by the Walsh-Kaiser Company.

In the 1950s, Providence started using Fields Point as a landfill, eventually connecting the Point with nearby Starve Goat Island.[4] In the 1960s, entrepreneur, Melvin Berry started "bar, marina, swim club, amusement park, bowling alley, drive-in theatre, skating rink and a nightly Hawaiian dance show" in Fields Point.[5] Circa the mid to late 1960's, Fields Point was also utilized as an operations base for high speed testing between Westerly and Boston of the Gas turbine Turbo Train,[6] before acting as a train graveyard for the three trainsets after September 1976.[7] In 1973, Johnson & Wales University established a facility in Fields Point, but by 2001, the university leased land to Save The Bay for an educational center.[8] In late 2012 a three-turbine wind farm was installed at Fields Point to provide energy for the waste water treatment plant.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://memory.loc.gov/service/gdc/scd0001/2007/20070601016ge/20070601016ge.pdf
  2. ^ Save the Bay website (accessed November 14, 2008)
  3. ^ Save the Bay website (accessed November 14, 2008)
  4. ^ Save the Bay website (accessed November 14, 2008)
  5. ^ Save the Bay website (accessed November 14, 2008)
  6. ^ http://www.exporail.org/can_rail/Canadian%20Rail_no192_1967.pdf Canadian Rail, number 192, 1967, page 9, CN Tests Turbo Train, "After completion of these runs, they will then be sent to the United Aircraft Company's plant near Providence, Rhode Island, for further experiments, and will be back in Canada during the winter fur [sic] a series of cold-weather trials. While no date has been set for the inauguration of Passenger services, the Canadian National's aim is to have the Turbos operational by next spring." (from context, assumed to be referring to Spring 1968)
  7. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19770410&id=wjRWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zOcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4555,2619267 Eugene Register-Guard, April 10, 1977, Amtrak peddling it's headaches, "The trains were taken from service last September and now are idle at the Field's Point Maintenance Yard near Providence, RI"
  8. ^ Save the Bay website (accessed November 14, 2008)
  9. ^ "Providence wind turbines churn out more power than projected" Providence Journal 12/29/13 http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20131229-providence-wind-turbines-churn-out-more-power-than-projected.ece

See also[edit]

Parks in Providence, Rhode Island

Burnside Park · India Point Park · Prospect Terrace Park · Roger Williams National Memorial · Roger Williams Park · Waterplace Park

Coordinates: 41°47′16.27″N 71°22′58.53″W / 41.7878528°N 71.3829250°W / 41.7878528; -71.3829250