In 1844 a joint commission was appointed, made up of 3 members from each state, to establish the true boundary between
For Fall River the issue wasn't just one of boundaries but also one of identity for even a century after the village was divided the residents of the northern part of Tiverton, Rhode Island still felt closely aligned with the Massachusetts town they were once part of. By 1852
Naming the town Fall River, RI while clearly demonstrating its close ties to Fall River, MA proved to be something of a headache. Confusion constantly arose of the blurred boundaries and one can assume that persons visiting "Fall River" never quite new which Fall River they were in! Thankfully, such confusion was short lived as the U.S. Supreme Court reached was about to issue as decision.
With 200 year old boundary issue finally resolved that leaves just one question, who got the better deal?
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