Wanskuck

west river, providence, ri

The Wanskuck neighborhood of Providence outside Providence Bicycle. I was there having a bike rack attached so that I might better be able to bike around town with still life material-pies, in particular, are difficult- and art supplies.  Apparently there is an actual “pie rack” for bikes though I have not yet located such a thing.

The shop is located in a mill building on the West River.  According to wikipedia it is “the only named tributary of the Moshassuck River”.  It doesn’t appear to be related to the Woonasquatucket River. But there- I got to write its name which is what I really wanted to do.

Addendum by Robert MacMahon: 

The West River flows from North Providence into Providence and merges with a stream that flows out of Canada Pond (it’s the pond along RT 146 in Providence) just below Branch Avenue.  The West River flows under Charles Street near the Home Depot and eventually merges with the Moshassuck River near the State House. The Moshassuck then flows a very short distance through Capital Center and merges with the Woonasquatucket River near the Citizens Bank building.  The merger of the Moshassuck and the Woonasquatucket marks the official beginning of the Providence River.

The Moshassasuck River runs north from the Citizens Bank building through the North Burial Ground into Pawtucket where it once was connected to the Blackstone River.  You probably know that the Moshassuck in providence was once part of the Blackstone Canal that ran from Providence to Worcester during the early part of the 19th century.  It was built to provide a cheap way to get goods from the middle of Massachusetts to Providence where the goods could be shipped out of the Providence port.  If you have biked along the Blackstone bike path in Lincoln, you have biked along the Blackstone Canal.  Well that canal ran all the way to Providence to the spot where the Moshassuck River flow near the Citizens Bank building.  The canal only lasted about 10 years or so.  It was done in by the emergence of the railroad.  The best present day view of the Moshassuck as a canal in Providence is in the North Burial Ground.