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Riverside is a suburban neighborhood for Providence. Adjoining Riverside are the town of Barrington in Bristol County to the south, Narragansett Bay to the west, the rest of East Providence to the north, and the Runnins River and Seekonk, Massachusetts to the east.
Riverside most notably became a tourist attraction in the early 20th century due to the presence of Crescent Park Amusement Park, known as the “Coney Island of New England”. The park operated from 1886 until 1979, and was famous for its Rhode Island shore dinners as well as the Alhambra Ballroom and the bustling midway. Only the preserved 1895 Charles I.D. Looff Carousel remains.
An early 1900's mental facility in Riverside Rhode Island has been cited (since removed) as the actual location of events that take place in John Katzenbach's 'Based on actual event' horror novel "A Mad Mans Tale". Citing was ordered removed by the State due to lack of Historical Record.
Hockey star and NHL / U.S. Olympic hockey coach Ron Wilson lived in Riverside, at 47 Lottie Drive, from the ages of 12 until he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It the past decade, East Providence has considered many redevelopment projects. The largest landowner in Riverside is ExxonMobil. There are also banking call centers for Bank of America and Citizens Bank. It is also home to Bradley Hospital and the Silver Spring Golf Course.
The major roads through Riverside are the Wampanoag Trail connecting East Providence to Bristol County, RI and Willett Ave, named after Captain Thomas Willett, the first English mayor of New York City (1665). Willett is buried in Riverside at the Little Neck Cemetery.
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