The Canals of Providence City: Trials and Transitions (1929-1959)
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Trials and Transitions
The 1930s, 40s, and 50s were a transitionary period. Providence became an incorporated city in 1929. Among other things, incorporation allowed the town to receive “government assistance to install improved water systems.” This would be especially helpful during the Great Depression.
The 1930s were difficult in Providence, as they were elsewhere. Among the notable events affecting the city’s water supply were the worst drought since the city’s settlement, resulting in the drying up of a water source used by three different companies; an earthquake in 1934; and news that all but four of the culinary companies’ water sources were contaminated.