Brockton, with an estimated population of 94,191 (2006) is the sixth largest city in Massachusetts. It is known as the "City of Champions," mainly due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs.
The original area of land for the city, then known as Saughtucket, was sold by Ousamequin (Massasoit) to Myles Standish as an addition to Duxbury. After a couple of name changes and some contention among residents, the city was named Brockton after Issac Brock, a local merchant. Brockton was officially formed in 1881. The city's early economic prosperity and its growth came from the leather and shoe industries that thrived in the area.
Brockton has a claim to three world and two country "firsts." These were: when Thomas Edison threw the switch for the first three-wire underground electrical system, the first theater in the country to be tied into that underground system, the first electrically operated fire station, and the first department store Santa Claus.
Sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are D.W. Field Park, Snow Fountain, Campanelli Stadium, Battle of East Brockton, Petronelli Way, Audobon Conservation Area, Sacco & Vanzetti Museum, Rocky Marciano Park, Brockton Fire Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Brockton Shoe Museum.