Timeline of Providence, Rhode Island

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Providence, Rhode Island, United States.


Prior to 19th century

Providence Gazette, 1782 Providence Gazzette Constitution.jpg
Providence Gazette, 1782
Old Providence Bank around the time of its founding, 1791 The Old Providence Bank.jpg
Old Providence Bank around the time of its founding, 1791

19th century

Union Railroad depot, Providence, 19th century Union Horse R.R. Station, Providence, R.I, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views.jpg
Union Railroad depot, Providence, 19th century
Arcade, Providence, 19th century Arcade, Providence, R.I, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views.jpg
Arcade, Providence, 19th century
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Map of Providence, 1882

20th century

21st century

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