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Fall River,industrial city (1990 pop. 92,703), Bristol co., SE Mass., a port of entry on Mt. Hope Bay, at the mouth of the Taunton River; settled 1656, set off from Freetown 1803, inc. as a city 1854. It was once the foremost cotton textile center in the United States; the first cotton mill was built in 1811. The collapse of the industry in the 20th cent. was a severe blow to the city's economy. A variety of products are now made, but health care facilities are the largest employers. The Univ. of Massachusetts has a biomanufacturing facility there. The U.S.S. Massachusetts, the state's official World War II memorial, is berthed in the harbor. The city was the scene (1892) of the famous trial of Lizzie BordenBorden, Lizzie Andrew,
1860–1927, American woman accused of killing her father and her step-mother, b. Fall River, Mass. The elder Bordens were hacked to death with an ax on Aug. 4, 1892.
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a city in the northeastern USA, in Massachusetts. Port on Mount Hope Bay, at the mouth of the Taunton River. Population, 95,000 (1975; 173,000 including suburbs). Fall River has factories for the production of textiles, chemicals, and machinery for the textile industry. The city was founded in 1656.