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November 14, 2022

The City of Providence is located in Rhode Island and is also its capital. The earliest mention was in 1636, when it was first named by Roger Williams, a reformed baptist theologian. His naming is inspired by “God’s merciful Providence,” which he closely relates to Providence being a haven he bestowed upon him and his followers.

The city was once called the “Beehive of Industry,” but it’s currently nicknamed the “Creative Capital.” 

Fun Facts:

  • There is a Gum Totem in Providence. It is a 3500-pound artificial obelisk constructed using 1000 reclaimed guns.
  • Providence is home to eight hospitals and eight institutions of higher learning.
  • Providence is one of the cities in the world known to have been built on seven hills. Other cities are Rome in Italy and Kigali in Rwanda.
  • According to the 2019 census, Providence is one of New England’s most densely populated cities.
  • Providence was initially a manufacturing city. However, over time, it grew into a service town. The main activities are currently transportation, trade, health, and educational services.
  • Roger William Park is named after the town’s founder Roger Williams. It has a variety of events, including hiking, biking, and seeing over 100 species of wild animals.
  • Poet Sarah Helen Whitman lived in Providence. She was the most notable love interest of Edgar Allen Poe. 
  • The city has the most coffee and donut shops per capita, with over 25 shops per 100,000 people. 
  • Providence also has the world’s largest artificial bug. Nibbles Woodaway, also known as the Big Blue Bug, is found on 1-95. 
  • Mayor Buddy Cianci first said this city’s unofficial maxim, “Be careful—the foot you step on today could be attached to the a** you need to kiss tomorrow.”


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