Posted by: shrewspeaks | July 21, 2008

Newport RI…A City of Firsts

Billed as the first American Resort…

but that isn’t the ONLY first that Newport can lay claim to…

America’s First Ferry Service, 1657

First American Gaslights in the streetlamps, 1805

Circus hosted, 1774

First Female newspaper editor, lighthouse keeper and telephone operator

Passenger Airlines service…to and from NYC

Public Roller-skating Rink

First Auto Race, 1895

and the first arrest for speeding…seriously…1904, the accused was doing 15mph down the main street.

Open golf tournament, international polo match, and National Lawn Tennis Championship (where casino means a very different thing)


Church steeple


The First Shutter Gourmet Dive Tour!



  1. Is that empty box at the bottom for a still-to-be-taken photo or am I missing a graphic?

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