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    Rhode Island
    By musicbug

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    Welcome to Lovely Rhode Island!!!!!

    1. Starting in the North: Visit Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland. Put on your hiking boots. Seach for Cumberlandite,our state rock, which is magnetic and quite rare, found only in this location.

    2. Visit Slater's Mill ( Pawtucket, RI) The first cotton textile mill in the nation.

    3. On our way to the next location, shake Mr. Potato Head's hand at Hasbro's World Headquarters in Pawtucket.

    4. Take a ride on the Slater Park Carousel ( also Pawtucket) Built in 1897 by Charles Loofe. One of the oldest carousels in the nation.

    5. Travel now to the capitol, Providence. Witness the structual wonder of the State House. Made of White Georgia Marble, the dome on our state house is the 3 rd largest unsupported dome in the world. The dome is topped by the symbol of Rhode Island, the Independent Man. This brass based, gold leafed statue watches over our state from his vantage point of the city.

    6. Continue to Warwick to Gaspee Park on the banks of the Pawtuxet River where the first tax protest against Great Britian took place. In 1772, the men of Pawtuxet ( not to be confused with Pawtucket) boarded the British tax ship the HMS Gaspee, took back the gold ( which was lost in the confusion) then set fire to the ship.

    7. Travel over the Claybourne Pell Bridge( Named for a former senator ,founder of the federal Pell Grant program) to Newport. Follow Bellview Avenue to witness the unbridled wealth of the Newport mansions. Marble House is a special treasure of marble and gold. The bathrooms boast gold sinks and tubs.

    Rhode Island may only be about 50 miles long, but full of history and mystery.

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