Salazar supports making Blackstone Valley national park

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is vowing to support calls to make Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley National Historic Corridor a national historic park.

Salazar toured the Blackstone Valley Wednesday. While the final decision is up to Congress, Salazar said he strongly supports giving park status to the Old Slater Mill and nearby mill towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Salazar said the designation would enhance the historic landmark’s standing while making it eligible for consistent federal funding.

Members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined Salazar for the tour. Chafee says park status could boost tourism in Rhode Island while protecting a piece of national history.

The Slater Mill was America’s first successful textile mill and helped usher in America’s industrial revolution.

Article source: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2011/aug/17/salazar-supports-making-blackstone-national-park-ar-691445/

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