Blue lights, green lights, and red lights rose out of the dusky fog. Men emerged carrying bright Japanese lanterns; women held dim electric bulbs. As summer waned in Boston during the last days of August in 1899, a new regulation came into effect. Starting on the night of August 21, 1899, bicyclists in Boston were…Read more Oh, The Many Queer Lights of Franklin Park! – The Advent of Bicycle Lights in Boston, 1899
Few people living today remember the 1920s - let alone the specifics of travel during the era. Luckily, New England's commitment to preserving its history makes it relatively easy to envision the region as it appeared in decades past. This becomes obvious during any ride through many of its cities. The YouTube video below shows the…Read more A Train Accident in Lowell – 1928
Is Massachusetts getting warmer? Wetter? There has been a lot of talk about global warming, climate change, its causes and its implications for our future. But, how has climate change affected Massachusetts? To really identify climate change, one needs a consistent set of data, taken reliably, continuously, and consistently at the same location over a…Read more Climate Change: Is Massachusetts getting warmer and wetter?
It wasn't Cornhill Street, Cornhill Road, Cornhill Avenue, or even the Cornhill; instead, it was just Cornhill, and in its day, knowing this was just one more way that those in the know had to distinguish locals from those visiting Boston as tourists. In its history, Boston has had two roads called Cornhill. The first,…Read more Cornhill – Once Boston’s Literary Center, Today Replaced by Government Center
Seen from any approach to Boston, the Prudential Tower has figured prominently into Boston's skyline since its construction in the early 1960's. And, with 52 floors, the Pru stands as Boston's second-tallest building, just behind the John Hancock Tower's sixty. The Tower, completed in 1964, rises 749 feet, or, with its radio mast (pictured atop…Read more What was before – What once occupied the site of today’s Pru?
The emigrant ship Moravia crept into its dock in New York late on the night of August 30, 1892. The ship was sent straight to quarantine. On its ten-day voyage from Hamburg, Germany, 22 of its 358 passengers had been buried at sea, victims of Asiatic Cholera. Two more passengers convalesced in the ship's hospital,…Read more The Immigrant Experience in 1892: New York’s Cholera Scare and its Effect on Boston
Any discussion on "Lost Boston" has to include Boston's North Union Station, which once stood on Causeway Street, on the current site of the TD Garden (better known locally as "the Boston Garden" and by some as the "Fleet Center"). North Union Station, which consolidated the operations of four different railroads into one building, was…Read more If you were to walk . . . Boston’s North Union Station, 1895