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Get To Know The Town Of BrocktonIn 1649, Ousamequin (Massasoit) sold the surrounding land, then known as Saughtucket, to Myles Standish as an addition to Duxbury. Brockton was part of this area, which the English renamed Bridgewater, until 1821, when it became the town of North Bridgewater. Its name changed in 1874, after a contentious process finally decided on naming it after Isaac Brock, after a local merchant heard of Brockville, Ontario, on a trip to Niagara Falls. The town of Brockton became a city on April 9, 1881. During the American Civil War, Brockton was America's largest producer of shoes, and until the latter parts of the 20th century Brockton had a large shoe and leather products industry.
Brockton has grown into an industrial – residential city. The City is considered a medical center with two hospitals located within the City itself and two large hospitals in an adjacent community. Other health facilities in the City are the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Office, Healthway Plan Office, clinical and professional offices and convalescent facilities.
The senior high school has many unique facilities available to its students which include a planetarium, swimming pool, theatre, student-run restaurant, outdoor track, tennis courts and 10,000 seat football stadium.
Brockton possesses a wide variety of cultural offerings for the public, including the Brockton Historical Society, Brockton Symphony and Opera of New England of Greater Brockton. The City takes pride in the Fuller Craft Museum, which has won several architectural design awards. The Brockton Shoe Museum, constructed in 1981, serves as a continuing reminder of Brockton's heritage.
The open space in Brockton consists of a large 756 acre recreational area known as D.W. Field Park. The park includes six ponds, bike and foot paths, and a golf course. In addition, Brockton has 464 acres of conservation land which are available for passive recreational endeavors. Also, the City maintains approximately 45 parks, playfields and playgrounds for active recreation.