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During this time Fall River, Seekonk were part of Rhode Island.
Central Falls, Rumford were towns in Massachusetts.
In 1803, Fall River was separated from Freetown and officially incorporated as its own town.
A year later, Fall River changed its name to "Troy." The name "Troy" was used for 30 years and was officially changed back to Fall River on February 12, 1834.
In 1861, after decades of dispute, the United States Supreme Court moved the state boundary to what is now State Avenue, thereby creating a City of Fall River entirely within Massachusetts.
While the textile industry has long since moved on, its impact on the city's culture and landscape remains to this day.
In 1714, Church sold his land, along with the water rights to Richard Borden of Tiverton and his brother Joseph.
This transaction would prove to be extremely valuable 100 years later, helping to establish the Borden family as the leaders in the development of Fall River's textile industry.
for a fair land exchange these towns changed states.
The early establishment of the textile industry in Fall River grew out of the developments made in nearby Rhode Island beginning with Samuel Slater at Pawtucket in 1793. Joseph Durfee, the Revolutionary War veteran and hero of the Battle of Freetown in 1778 built the Globe Manufactory (a spinning mill) at the outlet of Cook Pond on Dwelly St.