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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Trailing independence

I have posted previously about the recently unveiled Providence Independence Trail that goes by the Arcade on Weybosset Street, but yesterday made an exciting discovery. At points along the trail, walkers can dial a phone number and enter the number of their location to hear about the history of the site they are standing at. On Weybosset Street there is no stop on the trail specifically for the Arcade; however, on the Westminster side, there is a stop in front of the Bank of America building, which stands directly opposite the Arcade. I discovered (accidentally) yesterday that this stop also covers the Arcade. If you call 401 441 6401 and enter the location number 6, you can hear one of the histories told about the Arcade. Try it out! Among other things, the Arcade is described as being "clearly one of the most beautiful buildings in Rhode Island", we are told it was originally called Butler's folly, and the architects Butler and Warren are likened to children in a sand box.

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