Independence Trail Tour

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Historical Landmark)
Independence Trail is a 2.5-mile loop in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The trail is marked by a green line along the sidewalks, as well as red emblems indicating locations with a free "phone tour" component. The emblems are marked with the Independence Trail phone number and a unique location number. Simply dial the phone number, press the star (*) key, and enter the location number at the prompt for a recorded narrative about the spot. The phone tour is free, and an information booklet is also available for free download on the official website (linked below).

Photo Images from official brochure along Independence Trail (image from http://independencetrail.businesscatalyst.com/assets/booklet.pdf)
Photo Images from official brochure along Independence Trail (image from http://independencetrail.businesscatalyst.com/assets/booklet.pdf)
Photo Independence Trail map of locations with phone tour messages (image from http://independencetrail.businesscatalyst.com/assets/booklet.pdf)

Independence Trail covers only 2.5 miles, but includes 133 sites spanning over 400 years of history, culture, folklore, and architecture. The phone tour has 53 information messages. Sites included along the trail are:

1. Providence Journal – Oldest continuously published newspaper in America

2. 9-11 Memorial

3. Station Park – site of numerous sculptures and monuments.

4. Biltmore Hotel – historic architecture.

5. City Hall – historic building, site of historic archives, seat of government

6. Kennedy Plaza and Memorial site of the speeches by John F. Kennedy Harry Truman Theodore Roosevelt plus numerous memorials- Soldiers and Sailors memorial to the Civil War, Spanish-American war memorial, numerous historic buildings

7. Haven Brothers Diner – home of the American diner since 1888.

8. Skating Center – Sporting and recreational facility

9. Civil War Memorial

10. Spanish American War Memorial

11. Industrial Trust Company 1928 “Superman Building”

12. Union Station

13.  Burnside Park

14. Banjnotti Fountain

15. Burnside Statue

16. US Post Office

17. Federal Courthouse

18.  Lincoln Memorial

19.  Ben Tré Fountain and Birch Garden

20.  Precious Metals Vault – Jewelry Industry

21. Turks Head Sculpture and historic site of early trading post.

22. Hurricane Marks – Bannigan Building 1920

23. 100 Westminster – architectural significance

24.  Arched Façade – Turks Head 1913

25. Banking Hall – 1928 industrial trust Company

26.  Arcade North Façade Colonnade

27.  Industrial Trust Frescos – depiction of State history

28. Hurricane Pump Outlets – Stories of nature disasters and floods

29. Anno Domini – architectural significance

30. Dancing Cop

31. Arts & Entertainment District

32. Union Trust Building - 1902

33. Daniel Chester French Sculpture

34. JWU Green & Clock Tower

35. PPAC

36. Weybosset Street - Pequot Trail

37. Providence’s Narrowest Building

38. Black Rock – JWU Library

39. Providence Gas

40. Hampton Inn- adaptive reuse preservation significance

41. Arcade South Façade Colonnade

42. Wilcox, Equitable & Bank of North America

43. Custom House

44. Wilcox Building 1875

45. Long Wharf - Providence Piers, Custom House Turret, history of trading shipping and steamships

46. World War Memorial

47. Supreme Court

48. Irish Famine Memorial

49. Foot Bridge

50. Point Street Bridge

51.  Waterfront District

52. I-195 Relocation

53. Fox Point Wickenden District

54. Knowledge District

55. South Main Shopping District

56. River Wharfs

57. Gaspee Memorial – Embarkation

58. Water Street History

59. RISD – adaptive reuse and preservation

60. Gaspee Memorial – Sabin Tavern

61. RI Attorney General

62. Old Stone Bank - 1850

63. Joseph Brown House

64. Memorial Park

65. World War II Memorial

66. Stephen Hopkins House - George Washington

67. Supreme & Superior Courts

68. Korean War Memorial

69. Market House

70. Masonic Lodge and Arch Society

71. Providence Tea Party

72. Knights Templar Meeting Hall

73. Providence Bank

74. RISD Museum

75. Cheapside Building

76. 1914 Tunnel

77. College Hill

78. First Baptist Church in America

79. Providence Art Club

80. Burleigh Studio Fleurs de Lys

81. Train Tunnel - Slave Tunnels

82. Railroad embankment – Chinese Wall

83. Pilgrim Mills - Mills Tavern

84. Lifted Building

85. Meeting Street

86. One Room School

87. PPS - Garden Shakespeare Head

88.  9-11 Memorial

89. Benefit Street Residences

90. Benefit Street Armory

91. Stone Stairs to Congdon Street

92. Music Mansion

93. Congdon Street

94. Prospect Park Roger Williams Tomb

95. Sisteretta Jones Memorial

96. Old State House

97. RI Independence Day

98. Roger Williams Memorial

99. Roger Williams Spring

100. The State House Cove Basin

101. Hahn Memorial

102. St. John’s Cathedral

103. Roger Williams Visitor Center

104. Rhode Island Historic Cemetery #11

105. Hard Scrabble & Snow Town

106. Smiths Grist Mill

107. Moshassuck River

108. Northeast Corridor

109. Industrial Revolution - River Mills

110. Smith Hill

111. RI State House

112. North Facade Inscription

113. King Charles Charter

114. Gettysburg Cannon & Bull Run Gun

115. Legislative Chambers

116. Governor’s Office and Stateroom

117. Portrait Galleries

118. World’s Fourth Largest Dome

119. Independent Man

120. Heroes Garden Memorial

121. General Nathaniel Greene Memorial

122. Oliver Hazard Perry Memorial

123.  Statehouse South inscription

124. Renaissance Hotel restoration –adaptive reuse of Masonic Temple

125. VETS Auditorium

126. Providence Place

127. John Gordon Jail and Hanging

128. Amtrak Station

129. Woonasquatucket River

130. Martin Luther King Bridge

131. Waterplace Park

132. Memorial Boulevard

133. St. Florian Bridge





Sources

http://downtownprovidence.com/business/independence-trail/
http://independencetrail.businesscatalyst.com/index.html

Address
44 Custom House Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number
401-441-6401
Hours
Any
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  • Native American History
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This location was created on 2016-02-19 by Sara Marian .   It was last updated on 2016-02-19 by Sara Marian .

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