Bill aims to make Blackstone River national park


The Blackstone River Valley National Historic Corridor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is one step closer to being made a national historic park.

U.S. senators from both states introduced legislation Thursday that would give park status to the region that helped usher in America’s industrial revolution.

The new designation would enhance the historic area’s standing while making it eligible for consistent federal funding.

In a joint statement, U.S. senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and John Kerry and Scott Brown of Massachusetts say park status would also preserve the area’s natural and cultural features while bolstering tourism.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recommended making the area a historic park during a tour last summer. The final decision is up to Congress

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