The city of Brockton grew up along the Salisbury river, about twenty miles south of Boston in Plymouth county.Â The town wasÂ originally named "Bridgewater".
The area around Brockton was part of a land sale by the Indian chief, Massasoit, to Captain Myles Standish in 1649.Â (One hopes that the successful land venture by the hardy Captain compensated for his rejected suit by the fair Priscilla Mullins.)
Like other river communitiesÂ in the Commonwealth, Brockton grew rich with the growth of industry powered by dams.Â In the case of Brockton, the industry was shoe-making.
At the time of the American Civil War, Brockton was the naton's largest manufacturer of shoes.
Brockton was the first American city to develop an underground three-wire electrical system according to theÂ plans of Thomas Edison.Â
Here is a vintage view of West Elm Street in 1925.