Prov. unveils Independence Trail
Ribbon cutting ceremony held on Saturday
Updated: Sunday, 14 Aug 2011, 2:45 AM EDT
Published : Saturday, 13 Aug 2011, 3:05 PM EDT
Reporting by Kathryn Sotnik
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The City of Providence unveiled its newest historical attribute on Saturday morning.
The painting on the brand new Independence Trail was officially finished off by Mayor Angel Taveras in a ceremony.
Its a three-mile long trail that includes stops at 75 different historical locations.
"It's a circle. It goes from Memorial Boulevard to Roger Williams Baptist Church, to the Old State House, the new State House, down onto Capitol Center, to Kennedy Plaza, through the Financial District to where Lincoln spoke..." said Trail Founder Robert Burke.
Burke said the trail will be a teaching tool. Those who walk it will be taught about the city's history as they go from one spot to the next.
"Well I think this is valuable and will team what's going on...this is a famous place," Providence Resident John Wall said, who was present for the unveiling.
Information for each stop on the trail can be learned through your cell phone. Each destination is tagged with a number and a telephone number where anyone can call to get more information about the particular spot.
"I really think that people from around and across the country will really enjoy and I'm glad to have been able to play a small part in it all," said Mayor Taveras.
Taveras had the honor of painting the final 375-feet of the green striped trail.
The last leg of the trail was not painted to ensure that no one could sneak on and walk the trail before the official unveiling and its completion.
All walkers who walk any portion of the trail between the ribbon-cutting ceremony and midnight have been designated as Official Inaugural Walkers.
Those same walkers were then given the privilege of signing a historic scroll that will be kept as part of the State Historical Archives certifying for all time the names of those who were first to ever walk the trail.
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