The Kickemuit River in 17th century Sowams

The Kickemuit River ends at the Narrows in Bristol, RI, the site that was occupied by the Pokanoket Tribe for at least 7,000 years because of the abundance of seafood available at that location. Fresh water enters the salt water of Mount Hope Bay above dam at Child Street in Warren, RI, the location of a trading post established there in 1632 and farms located there after a 1653 land purchase from the Massasoit Osamequin. The Broken Bridge at the north end of the saltwater portion of the River in Warren once carried railroad tracks from Fall River. The headwaters of the River can be found along Route 6 in Swansea across from Columbus Oil. Click here for a six-minute video about the Kickemuit River.

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