Narragansett Pier in Washington County
Narragansett Pier, as its names implies, is
in a town in Washington County, Rhode Island
called Narragansett. It is commonly referred
to as ‘Gansett by the town’s residents.
Narragansett was named after the
Narragansett Indian tribe which settled in
the area during the late 1650s after being
dispersed from their original settlements by
King Phillip’s war.
Narragansett, according to the United States
Bureau, has a total land area of a little
over thirty-six square kilometers with
bodies of water that total sixty one square
kilometers in area. Putting that together,
Narragansett has a combined land and water
area of approximately ninety-seven square
Within Narragansett are a number of
villages. They are Saunderstown which is shared by Narragansett with North
Kingstown, Salt Pond, Great Island, Point Judith, South Ferry, Mattatuxet,
Bonnet Shores, the Narragansett Pier, and the fishing villages of Galilee and
Jerusalem, the latter is partially in South Kingstown.
|Galilee, on the other hand, is
near Point Judith Lighthouse. The lighthouse, apart from being
one of the town’s landmarks, is a very
important beacon for Cost Guards. Along Rhode Island Sound is
Narragansett’s most distinctive landmark: The Towers. The
Towers, with its old-fashioned stone walls and grey gables,
make a very unique archway over the Ocean road thoroughfare
that leads into the villages of Narragansett.
Most of the town’s locals are Americans, though part of the
population is made up of a mix of African Americans, Native
Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and people of other
races. Narragansett natives have the pleasure of being near
a number of beaches that tourists flock to during summers.
The most popular are the Narragansett Town Beach, the
Scarborough State Beach and the Roger Wheeler State Beach.
The Narragansett Town Beach is located at the heart of
Narragansett. Unlike the other two previously mentioned
beaches, people have to pay an admission fee, which is
higher for non-residents. The Scarborough State Beach is
divided into two areas: The North and the South. Both areas
have, for the enjoyment of visitors, a pavilion, several
picnic tables, boardwalks, showers and an observation tower.
Narragansett contains a census-designated place in the form
of the Narragansett Pier. According the United States Census
Bureau, the Narragansett Pier has a total area of about ten
square kilometers. Of that, a little over nine square
kilometers is land, and the remaining small percentage is
The pier serves the ships and boats from the Narragansett
Bay, which is an inlet of the North Atlantic. From Rhode
Island Sound, the bay extends forty-five kilometers north
into Rhode Island. At its widest point, the bay measures
twelve miles across, and at its narrowest, it measures three
miles across. The Providence, Sakonnet and Taunton rivers
run into the Narragansett Bay.