Bristol was a large sidewheel steamer launched in 1866 by William H. Webb of New York for the Merchants Steamship Company. One of Narragansett Bay's so-called "floating palaces", the luxuriously outfitted Bristol and her sister ship Providence, each of which could carry up to 1,200 passengers, were installed with the largest engines then built in the United States, and were considered to be amongst the finest American-built vessels of their era.
Both ships would spend their entire careers steaming between New York and various destinations in and around Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Bristol was eventually destroyed by a fire while in port in 1888.
Bristol and Providence owed their existence to a short-lived company known as the Merchants Steamship Company, which placed the initial order for the vessels with the Webb shipyard in about 1865. Merchants Steamship was an amalgamation of three existing Narragansett Bay shipping lines, the Commercial Line, Neptune Line and Stonington Line. The Company intended to run the two steamers between New York and Bristol, Rhode Island in competition with the Fall River Line, which ran a similar service from New York to Fall River, Massachusetts (both Lines then linking up to railway lines that continued on to Boston).
Bristol was first settled in 1681 as Buckingham (for Buckingham, England). It was originally used as a port and dock. Bristol is rich in history, boasting many historic and restored houses that line the streets of Radcliffe and Mill.
From its earliest days Bristol was a center of milling. With the building of the Delaware Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad it became a center of transportation and an attractive location for industry.
Temporary casino opens in Bristol. The temporary casino that opened in Bristol over the summer is only the beginning for the eventual Hard Rock Hotel and Casino coming to the former mall site ... Allie Evangelista, president of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol, on opening day.
Temporary casino opens in Bristol... “I have been doing this for almost 17 years now, and this is the prettiest casino floor I have ever seen,” said Allie Evangelista, president of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol, said on Opening Day.
— Employees at the BristolCasino are accustomed to seeing winners walk away with cash ... A crowd of casino employees huddled around the silver car with a giant red bow on top as Allie Evangelista, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol president, drew Guillot’s name from a gold raffle drum.
The Homeowners Assistance Grant program is funded through Parx Casino host fees. According to the adopted budget, the township expects casino revenue to be $12 million, or 23% of the township's total revenue ... Other communities share grant funding for certain eligible projects, including Bristol Township.
CALVIN SHOMAKER BRISTOL HERALD COURIER. BRISTOL — The sun is setting on a Tuesday evening at the LuckyArcade in a Euclid Avenue shopping center ... For her, the environment of the Lucky Arcade and similar establishments is a bit more welcoming than the large, populated BristolCasino ... “In the casino, I feel anxiety, and there’s higher stakes.”.
“If they decide to play games, they should be able to decide, for instance, do they want to go to the casino in Bristol and play or should they be able to go to another establishment that legally operates skill games? The government is trying to take that away and that is a bad precedent.”.
...Rock website and were encouraged to write a message of hope or love.Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoBristol dedicated one of its Blackjack tables on the casino floor to PINKTOBER by changing the table felt to pink and donating a percentage of proceeds from the table to the campaign.