Governor gives "green line" to Independence Trail

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras have signed a memorandum of agreement establishing the Independence Trail - a three mile walking trail of historic sites in the capital city.

The Independence Trail, which will be marked with a green sidewalk stripe, will guide visitors to 75 sites of historic importance in Providence.

Sites include a place where George Washington slept, the spot where Lincoln spoke and a statue of General Ambrose Burnside - the Civil War general whose famous facial hair coined the phrase "sideburns."

The trail is the brainchild of Providence restaurateur and history buff Robert Burke. He says it should be a big tourist draw.

"People are so busy today they don't have time to come to a city and then do research to figure out the 60 or 70 things they might be able to see and then figure out how they get around to see them," says Burke.

Each spot along the trail will contain a phone number people can call to get more information about the site.

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