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Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 72,958 at the 2000 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state. The current mayor is James Doyle. Pawtucket was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Slater Mill, built in 1790 by Samuel Slater on the Blackstone River in downtown Pawtucket, was the first commercially successful cotton-spinning mill with a fully mechanized power system in America. Hasbro, the world's second-largest manufacturer of toys and games, is headquartered in Pawtucket. Originally, there were two Pawtuckets. Pawtucket west of the Blackstone River used to be part of nearby North Providence. East of the Blackstone River was originally settled as part of the Massachusetts town of Rehoboth.[citation needed] Once East Pawtucket (another alternate name for the area of Pawtucket east of the Blackstone) was transferred to Rhode Island in the 1860s, both sections (West and East Pawtucket) merged. It was later incorporated as a city.

The City of Pawtucket hired Researcher Ann Galligan, of Northeastern University, to create an arts and cultural plan. Allowing the city to become more proactive in retaining and attracting artists and will enable city officials to allocate resources more effectively to meet the needs of Pawtucket's growing artist community. Pawtucket is becoming known as a center for arts and culture. Each September, The City in conjunction with members of the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative produce an annual Arts Festival. The city also hosts Riversing, an independently-produced, day-long musical event. Graphic sourced with thanks from http://www.klx.com

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