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Fall River, Massachusetts
Downtown Fall River
Downtown Fall River
Nickname(s): "The Scholarship City," "The River", "Spindle City", "The Riv", "Where the River Falls"
Motto: "We'll Try"
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol
Settled 1670
Incorporated 1803
 • Total 40.2 sq mi (104.2 km2)
 • Land 33.1 sq mi (85.8 km2)
 • Water 7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 88,857
 • Density 2,682/sq mi (1,035.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02720-02724
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-23000
GNIS feature ID 0612595

Fall River is a city in southeast Massachusetts. The city had a population of 88,857 at the 2010 census. Fall River was founded in 1803. In 1804 the town name was changed to Troy, named for Troy, New York. In 1834 the name changed back to Fall River.

A fire in 1834 destroyed the center of the village. The rebuilding effort is the origin of the city's motto "We'll Try". It became a city in 1854. Fall River became famous as a leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. It is also known for Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels. It is the home of the USS Massachusetts (BB-59).

Fall River was also the home of Lizzie Borden. In 1893 she was put on trial for the axe-murders of her parents. Found not guilty, the people of Fall River treated her like an outcast for the rest of her life.

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