Images of Old Fall River

15 Mar

Here’s more old pictures of Fall River first posted here in 2008 and then Recycled again in August of 2009.  Time to “revisit”.  😉  If you have trouble reading the colored type, just highlight over it and it turns black.  🙂

More images –

Notre Dame Church

Bank Street (north side)

Prospect and Highland

McWhirr’s on South Main

Belmont Street

Belmont looking West

Back of Durfee Mill 1911

1911 Flint Mill

1911 King Mill spinners

1911 Postal Messengers

1916 Chace Mill

1916 King Philip carding room

1916 Merhants Mill

I’ve added more old photos of Fall River. These mostly have to do with the mills and the child labor used to profit the owners…not often addressed but fortunately preserved by noted photographers.

Boys Club on Anawan Street – 1916

I love old photos of Fall River – some found on the internet, some sold on eBay, some from archival institutions and private collections.  Here are some random photos of Fall River and some of its people in the past:

SladeFerryBridge1905 Slade Ferry Bridge 1905

BordenFamCar “Borden” family in 1911 Cotton Centennial Parade

Dr.Dubois office 1908Dr. Dubois office – 1908.

1916millGirlsSewingMaplewood Mills – girls packing – 1916.

O'Neil's SpaO’Neil’s spa

LaFleurs pool room 1910LeFleuers pool room – 1910

Durfee1929-1973Durfee Theatre lobby (1929-1973)

Durfee-StageDurfee Theatre Stage

Library WomenLibrary women at a gathering.

Diving at Globe WharfDiving at Globe Wharf

TemperanceBarTemperance Bar

MainLookingNorthSouth Main – Globe Corners


PianoTeacherPiano teacher

Azab Grotto Band Azab Grotto Band

buffingtonMayor Buffinton

HouseFireSceneHouse fire scene.

RockStRock Street

Truesdale Hospitl 1905Truesdale Hospital – 1905

130 Rock Street130 Rock Street

1915-EaglePool-318NoMainEagle pool room 318 N. Main – 1915

Alderman-SleighAlderman’s sleigh

Attorney BlinnAttorney Blinn

HorseBuggy1808Horse and buggy – 1908

LincolnAveLincoln Avenue 1900’s

City Hall after fire of 1886City Hall – after fire of 1886

drugstoreDrug Store

MillBoys1912Mill boys – 1910

SteepBrook school 1910Steep Brook school – 1910

clerkClerk – unknown date

Hotel WilburHotel Wilbur

1stCottonMill1st Cotton mill – 1811





The “Welcome” (also called “Victory”) Arch erected on South Main Street between the City Hall and the Granite Block for the July 4th, 1919 celebration welcoming home veterans returning from service during World War 1.


From a real photo post card found in an old Highland Avenue home which, according to the back, shows “The Holmes sisters in their father’s new Reo machine Aug. 1907.” Also written on the back is “Ella- 21 Hanover St. F. R.”


Another real photo post card from an old Highland Avenue estate. Labeled on back- “N.Y. & Boston Express Co. last money wagon in Fall River. 1910 driven by Thomas Fitzpatrick.”  Although likely not armored, the wagon appears to have been made of metal with a rear opening door. It was used to transport currency from the railroad station and steamship wharves to local banks and to provide security for weekly payrolls going to the many city mills.


Durfee Theatre exterior – 1960’s

Ariel view 1960'sAerial view – 1960’s – during construction of Braga Bridge



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9 responses to “Images of Old Fall River

  1. roselinke

    September 2, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    i love these photos! i found this great article on the naming rights of lizzie borden over here:

  2. phayemuss

    September 2, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Rose: I’m glad you enjoyed the images. And thank you so much for the link to the post by Mars Riley. It was excellent and very accurate. I commented on it myself. I think it’s worthy of posting in its entirety on my blog and I may do that. Again, thanks for the link.

  3. Lynn Grinnell Breedlove

    October 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    My father was Chester P. Grinnell of Tiverton, R.I. and my mother was Eleanor Louise Buffinton, born in New bedford, Mass. My great uncle J. Howard Knowe composed and arranged music for the Azab Grotto Band. I have his sheet music and would appreciate any info on it, the band and him. Thanking you in advance, Lynn

  4. Louis Malvo

    June 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I enjoyed your photos of old Fall River where I grew up. My grandfather worked at one of the mills as a boy and I remember the stories he used to tell of the long hours, how hot it would get, low wages. Life was harder back then for the poor and there are plenty poor in Fall River today. But there was no government aid either in those days.

  5. Matt

    September 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I really would like to see an old photo of north main street from 3100 to 3120 area. if you have any or know where to find them please contact me

  6. Anonymous

    April 24, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    how sad to see the photos from 1910 “mill boys” and the more fortunate ” Steep Brook School”

  7. Steven Buchanan

    October 9, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    These are the best photo’s ( collection) I have seen. I love old photos and if i come across any I will let you know, I live in an older house with an area of old records and other things I need to go throuugh.
    Thank You

    • Steven Buchanan

      October 9, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      I am 26 also and my brothers and my fatherr would be in his 80’s if he was still alive, His ex wife might have some old photos!! she just turned 70!!

  8. Catherine Santiago

    November 23, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    great collection of photos! I was born and raised in The Bronx but have lived in
    Fall River, Ma. for almost 10 yrs now. you have a photo of my office!!! 130 Rock Street. It’s interesting to see what has changed and what hasn’t. 🙂


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