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Saugus Branch Railroad

The Saugus Branch Railroad (often called the Saugus Branch) was an American rail line that operated passenger service from 1853 to 1958. It serviced the Massachusetts communities of Saugus, Malden, Everett, Revere, and Lynn.


The first proposal for a railroad through Saugus came from a group led by George Peabody, who pushed for a railroad from East Boston to Salem over the Saugus marshes. The plan was opposed by Saugonians, as the owners of mills located on the Saugus River feared that a proposed drawbridge over the river would interfere with ships that loaded and unloaded cargo at their wharves. In 1836, the Massachusetts General Court granted the Eastern Railroad a charter to build the Boston to Salem railroad.[1]

In an effort to tap into its competitor's market, the Boston & Maine Railroad petitioned the Massachusetts General Court in 1845 for a charter to build a railroad from Malden to Salem through Saugus, Lynnfield, and South Danvers. The plan was not approved.[1]

In 1846, Joshua Webster proposed a railroad line from Saugus to Malden that would connect with the Boston & Maine Railroad in Malden. Eastern countered by proposing a line from Lynn to Saugus Center. In 1848 the legislature approved Webster's plan and granted his group1 a charter for the Saugus Branch Railroad Co.[1]

Before construction began, the route was extended to Lynn Common and altered to include the Saugus neighborhood of Sweetser's Corner (now known as Cliftondale) and the Malden neighborhood of East Malden (now known as Linden).[1] Construction began in 1850, but dragged along due to a lack of funds.[2]

Eastern believed that this new route would cost it half of its revenues because it would provide direct access to Boston, which Eastern did not offer (Eastern patrons were to transfer to ferries at East Boston). To overcome this challenge, Eastern's directors chose to purchase stock in the Saugus Branch Railroad Co. at the inflated price of $80 a share.[1] On April 30, 1852, the Eastern Railroad Co. purchased all the rights of the Saugus Branch and assumed its operations.[3] In October 1852, Gardiner Greene Hubbard succeeded Webster as the president of the Saugus Branch Railroad Co.[4]

Passenger service
Lynn was the terminus for most Saugus Branch trains
Lynn Common station on an early postcard
Franklin Park station in 1907

On February 1, 1853, the Saugus Branch opened for passengers.[1] [5] Andrews Breed served as the Saugus Branch's first superintendent.[2] During the early days of the Saugus Branch, four trains a day were run from Lynn Common to Edgeworth in Malden with stops in East Saugus, Saugus Center, Cliftondale, East Malden (later Linden), and Maplewood.[2] [6] On April 10, 1854, the original 8.4 mile route was extended to the Grand Junction line in South Malden (now Everett) and to West Lynn, where it connected with Eastern's main line. This new line gave Eastern its first direct route into Boston as well as an alternate route. The junction with the B&M at Malden was also abandoned.[1] [5] In 1855, the Saugus Branch Railroad Co. was consolidated into the Eastern Railroad Co.[7] For the remainder of its life, Lynn was the terminus for most Saugus Branch trains, though a limited number continued to Salem until World War I.[8]

Historian Francis B. C. Bradlee would describe the Saugus Branch as "one of the few fortunate investments of the Eastern" as it gave it access to the growing suburbs of Boston. He also wrote that "until the coming of the electric trolley cars connecting with the Elevated Railroad, it was probably one of the best paying stretches of railroad in New England".[5] By 1869, there were fourteen passenger trips a day.[7]

During the 1870s, Eastern was plagued by a series of accidents. the most notable being the Great Revere Train Wreck of 1871. In 1884 the Boston & Maine leased Eastern and in 1890 it consolidated Eastern into its system. Once B&M took control, the Saugus Branch underwent improvements, including telegraphs for dispatching train orders and turning the line into a double track.[1]

During the 1890s, passenger service on the Saugus branched peaked. In 1893, there were 36 trips per day on the Saugus Branch.[7] Use of the Saugus Branch in Malden slowly declined after the opening of the Boston Elevated Railway (also known as the El) in 1901. Business in the Lynn and Saugus segments was not as affected. In 1919 the El was extended to Everett and the Saugus Branch was considered for the expansion from Everett to Malden. At a legislative hearing on the issue, the B&M opposed using the Saugus Branch because it had a freight load of 5,000 cars per year and the El wanted to purchase only the Malden segment, not the entire branch.[1]

In 1919, the number of passenger trips had fallen to sixteen a day.[7] By the mid-1920s passenger service on the Saugus Branch decreased to twelve trips per day. The service declined even more during the Great Depression, with only three inbound trains and six outbound trains run. During World War II, use of the passenger service increased due to gasoline rationing. However, once the war was over, use once again declined.[1] On July 29, 1948, B&M petitioned the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (D.P.U.) to discontinue all passenger service on the Saugus Branch.[9] B&M reported that expenses for the Saugus Branch were $115,145 while annual passenger revenue was only $48,029. The D.P.U. rejected the petition on November 18, 1949, finding that the railroad did not show that there was a lack of public interest in maintaining the Saugus Branch.[10] Although the branch was saved, by 1954 there were only two morning trips to Boston and two returns trips during the evening.[1]

In 1956, the B&M ended all steam operations and began using Budd Rail Diesel Cars (also known as Buddliners or RDCs). However, the new railcars were not heavy enough to trip the signals on the Saugus Branch.[1]

In September 1957, B&M once again petitioned the D.P.U. for permission to end passenger service on the Saugus Branch, citing extensive losses. An Essex County-wide opposition movement formed as three hundred or so commuters still used the line. In December a formal hearing was held in which both sides presented their case. Saugus Town Moderator and Essex County Commissioner C. F. Nelson Pratt was the most forceful opponent of the change and hyperbolically stated during the hearing that area residents would be forced to use "dog sleds" for winter commuting. On April 18, 1958, the DPU approved the B&M's petition.[1]

Saugus Branch
Newburyport/Rockport Line
BRB&< to Lynn
West Lynn
BRB&< to East Boston
Newburyport/Rockport Line
Route 107 (Western Avenue)
Lynn Common
East Saugus
Saugus River
Pleasant Hills
Franklin Park
US 1
Route 99 (Broadway)
Route 60 (Centre Street)
Malden Center
Haverhill Line
Edgeworth(closed 1854)
Bell Rock
West Everett
West Street
MBTA ballast yard
Route 16 (Revere Beach Parkway)
Everett Junction
Newburyport/Rockport Line
to North Station

On May 19, 1958, the Saugus Branch saw its final scheduled passenger train.[1]


The Saugus Branch had eighteen stations over the course of its history. These were

  • West Lynn, located in Lynn on Commercial Street at the junction with the Eastern main line.[11]
  • Lynn Common, located in Lynn on Western Avenue.[11]
  • Raddin's, located in Lynn at Summer Street and Raddin Grove Avenue.[11]
  • East Saugus, located on the Lynn/Saugus border at Lincoln Avenue.[11]
  • Saugus, located in Saugus on Central Street. One of two stations still standing.[1]
  • Pleasant Hills, located in Saugus on Adams Avenue.[12]
  • Cliftondale, located in Saugus at 5 Eustis Street.[13] The name Cliftondale is believed to have originated with Saugus Branch president Joshua Webster. Cliftondale later replaced Sweester's Corner as the popular name for this neighborhood. One of two stations still standing.[1]
  • Franklin Park, located in Revere on Salem Street, just outside Saugus.[1] [14]
  • Linden,[15] [16] located in Malden on Lynn Street near Beach Street.[17]
  • Broadway,[15] [16] located in Malden on Broadway near Eastern Avenue.[18]
  • Maplewood,[15] [16] located in Malden on Maplewood Street near Waite Street.[18] The name Maplewood comes from the hundreds of maple trees Joshua Webster planted on the railroad's property.[19]
  • Faulkner,[15] [16] located in Malden on Faulkner Street.[18]
  • Malden Center (also known as Malden),[15] [16] located in Malden on Ferry Street.[18] Not to be confused with the MBTA station of the same name or the Malden Station on Summer Street that now serves as a restaurant.[17] [18]
  • Edgeworth,[2] [6] located in Malden off Medford Street, near Pearl Street.[18] It was the terminus of the Saugus Branch from its launch in 1853 to 1854, when the Eastern Railroad successfully petitioned the legislature to have the B&M station removed from their line.
  • Bell Rock,[15] [16] located in Malden at the foot of Converse Avenue.[18]
  • West Everett,[15] located in Everett, originally on Waters Avenue, but moved to the foot of Prescott Street in 1882.[20]
  • West Street,[15] located on West Street in Everett.
  • Everett Junction,[15] located in Everett at the Revere Beach Parkway and Broadway.[21] Formerly known as South Malden Junction.

The stations of the Saugus Branch were not considered to be architecturally significant or even physically attractive. In 1933, the Malden News described them as "the most mousey, dilapidated, antique stations to be found this side of the land of the Hottentots".[1]

Later use

After passenger service was ended, the semaphore signals were removed and the stations were sold. The line was converted to a single-track operation and still used for freight until 1993.[22] Hopper cars delivered road salt to the state's storage area in Revere. Occasional deliveries were made to Eastern Industrial Oil Products in Saugus. In 1968 and 1969, the line was used to transport gravel from Bow, New Hampshire to Revere during construction of roadbeds for the expansion of the Northeast Expressway. Between April and November 1968, there were four trips a day from Bow to the construction site with each train carrying 48 or 60 cars. In the spring of 1969, construction resumed with two trips per day. A total of 3.5 million cubic yards of gravel were transported to the site. Construction was completed on May 27, 1969,[1] although the new expressway (intended to become part of Interstate 95 in Massachusetts) was never finished, being cancelled due to regional opposition.

On April 27, 1969, the New England division of Railroad Enthusiasts ran the North Shore Rail Ramble, a day-trip over freight lines formerly used by passenger trains, including the Saugus Branch.[23]

The Chelsea fire of October 14, 1973 caused the B&M's mainline to be blocked by firefighting equipment. To restore service to the North Shore, the B&M detoured its commuter service over the Saugus Branch.[1]

Saugus Branch rails in a Malden parking lot in 2015

On December 27, 1976, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority purchased the remaining B&M commuter assets, including rolling stock and the four active northside lines (save for the lower Haverhill Line, purchased three years earlier for the Haymarket North Extension). Included in the sale were also a number of branch lines no longer used for passenger service, including the Saugus Branch, to be landbanked for possible future service.[24]

The reactivation of the Saugus Branch was considered during the MBTA's North Shore Transit Improvements project in the 2000s, as reactivation would allow for the continued operation of MBTA Commuter Rail service as well as new rapid transit service between Revere and Salem. The North Shore Transit Improvements Project-Major Investment Study concluded that the Saugus Branch plan provided the MBTA with an option to accommodate a rapid transit system while preserving commuter rail service north of Salem, by rerouting commuter trains over the Saugus Branch and converting the Eastern Route mainline into a Blue Line branch at least as far as Lynn.[22] However, the plan was deemed infeasible for several reasons. Unlike the Eastern Route, the Saugus Branch is curvy; it would require 15 to 20 extra minutes for commuter trains to travel, leaving them no longer time-competitive with driving. The section of the Newburyport/Rockport Line south of Salem is one of the busiest segments of mainline railroad in Massachusetts; diverting as many as 60 trains per day would pose significant environmental, social, and physical impacts to the communities along the Saugus Branch. Additionally, encroachment since 1958 would make the restoration of double track difficult, and prevent the addition of a multi-use trail.[22]

Northern Strand Community Trail
The Northern Strand Community Trail in Malden in 2015

The Saugus Branch line will soon be the route of Northern Strand Community Trail, a 9-mile bicycle path and walking trail that will run through Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus, and Lynn. On July 13, 2013, the trail entered the final stage of construction.[25] [26]

In literature

The Saugus Branch mentioned in and is part of the title of Elliot Paul's 1947 memoir Linden on the Saugus Branch.[27]

The Saugus Branch is mentioned in Samuel McChord Crothers' By the Christmas Fire.[28]

  1. Carlson, Stephen P. (1980). All Aboard!. Saugus, Massachusetts: Stephen P. Carlson.
  2. Bradlee, Francis F. C (1921). "The Boston and Maine Railroad". Essex Institute Historical Collections: 27–28. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  3. Massachusetts General Court Committee on Railways and Canals (1856). Annual Reports of the Railroad Corporations in the State of Massachusetts.
  4. Hurd, Duane Hamilton, ed. (1888). History of Essex County, Massachusetts. Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co.
  5. Bradlee, Francis F. C. (1917). The Eastern Railroad: A Historical Account of Early Railroading in Eastern New England. Salem, MA: The Essex Institute.
  6. Atherton, Horace H. (1916). History of Saugus, Massachusetts. Citizens Committee of the Saugus Board of Trade. pp. 45–46.
  7. Teichman, Gerard (June 15, 2006). "The Saugus Branch carved a niche market". The Malden Observer. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  8. Humphrey, Thomas J. & Clark, Norton D. (1985). Boston's Commuter Rail: The First 150 Years. Boston Street Railway Association. pp. 75–77. ISBN 9780685412947.
  9. "Boston & Maine Seeks to Abandon Saugus Rail Line". The Boston Daily Globe. July 29, 1948.
  10. "D. P. U. Disallows B. & M. Petition to Drop Saugus Trains". The Boston Daily Globe. November 19, 1949.
  11. L.J. Richards (1905). "Lynn & Saugus & Swampscott 1905 Index Plate". Atlas of Lynn, Swampscott and Saugus, 1905. WardMaps LLC. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  12. Down, Norman E. (1997). Saugus. Arcadia Publishing. p. 102.
  13. "Saugus Inventory - Buildings". Inventory of Cultural and Historic Resources. The Town of Saugus. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  14. Automobile Blue Book. Automobile Blue Book Publishing Company. 1907.
  15. "FIRST OPERATING DISTRICT". Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  16. W.A. Greenough & Co's Directory of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business, Business Firms, Etc., Etc, in the City of Malden, to which is Added a Directory of Everett. 1882.
  17. Malden Historical Society (2000). Malden. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 65–70.
  18. The Malden Directory. Sampson, Murdock & Company. 1902.
  19. Blake, Andrew (September 12, 1999). "Neighbors to revel in Maplewood pride". The Boston Globe.
  20. Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court (1885). Massachusetts Reports: Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. H. O. Houghton and Company.
  21. Historical Journal of Massachusetts. 1995.
  22. MBTA. "Saugus Branch Evaluation" (PDF). North Shore Major Investment Study. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  23. Burke, John C. (April 28, 1969). "Rambling Railroad Enthusiasts Meander the Memory Lane". The Boston Globe.
  24. Belcher, Jonathan (23 March 2013). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  25. "Final phase of construction begins on Everett portion of Bike to Sea path". NoBo Magazine. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  26. Phelan, Sarah (January 15, 2010). "Bike to the Sea's trail shovel-ready". Saugus Advertiser. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  27. Paul, Elliott (1947). Linden on the Saugus Branch. New York: Random House.
  28. McChord, Samuel (2011). "By the Christmas Fire". 50 Classic Christmas Stories.
  29. Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court. Secretary of the Commonwealth. 1848. pp. 730–731.
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Benjamin Franklin Newhall was an American businessman, abolitionist, politician, and writer. Early life Newhall was born on April 29, 1802 in Saugus, Massachusetts (then part of Lynn) to Jacob and Abigail (Makepeace) Newhall. His grandfather, Jacob Newhall, better known as Landlord Newhall, was a leading supporter of American independence and an organizer of the Saugus Minute Men. His Rising Sun Tavern was visited by Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington. Newhall was also a descendent of Thomas Newhall, the first white person born in Lynn. Newhall spent his early years growing up in a tavern. He had a very close relationship with his mother, who would often kneel at his bedside and pray that God protect her son from the temptations that surrounded him. Hearing this, Newhall vowed that his mother's prayers would not be in vain. Conversely, he had a strong dislike for his father, as Newhall blamed his father's drinking for his family's suffering. At the age of thirteen or fourteen, ...more...

Timeline of Lynn, Massachusetts


The following is a timeline of the history of Lynn , Massachusetts , USA. 17th-18th century 1629 - Saugus founded. 1637 - Saugus renamed " Lynn ." 1642 - Saugus Iron Works in business. 1644 - Reading separates from Lynn. 1720 - Lynnfield burying-ground established. 1732 - Saugus burying-ground established. 1782 - Lynnfield separates from Lynn. 1793 - Post office in operation. 1797 - Population: 2,291. 19th century 1803 - Floating Bridge constructed on Salem-Boston turnpike . 1810 - Population: 4,087. 1812 - Eastern Burial-Place established. 1814 - Town House built. 1815 Saugus separates from Lynn. Social Library formed. Lyceum building 1830 - Lynn Record newspaper begins publication. 1838 Eastern Railroad in operation. Lynn Natural History Society formed. 1840 - Population: 9,367. 1841 Lyceum building constructed. Frederick Douglass moves to Lynn. 1848 - First High Rock Tower built. 1850 City of Lynn incorporated. George Hood becomes mayor. Pine Grove Cemetery consecrated. 1851 - High School built. 1852 May - ...more...

Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad


Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad  Blue Line  BRB&L Newburyport/Rockport Line Lynn Proposed Newburyport/Rockport Line to North Station Lynn West Lynn Point of Pines Oak Island Revere Street Wonderland Bath House Revere Beach Crescent Beach Beachmont Beachmont Suffolk Downs Belle Isle   Winthrop Loop Point Shirley Point Shirley Street Railway Winthrop Beach Playstead Thornton Ocean Spray Winthrop Center Winthrop Highlands Ingalls Battery Pleasant Street   Orient Heights Yard   Orient Heights Orient Heights Harbor View Blue Line to Bowdoin ...more...

Coast Line (UP)


Bridge at Gaviota State Park, seen from the beach The Coast Line is a railroad line between Burbank, California and the San Francisco Bay Area, roughly along the Pacific Coast. It is the shortest rail route from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. History The first version of the Coast line, via Saugus and Santa Paula through the Santa Clara River Valley, was completed by the Southern Pacific Railroad on December 31, 1900. The Montalvo Cutoff crossed the Santa Clara River to serve the farmers in the Oxnard Plain and was extended to Santa Susana in Simi Valley. The Santa Susana Tunnel opened in 1904 connecting with the Chatsworth cutoff from Burbank (34°14′57″N 119°12′46″W / 34.24917°N 119.2129°W) and thereafter was the main line. In 1907, the Bayshore Cutoff opened from San Bruno 37°37′52″N 122°24′43″W / 37.631°N 122.412°W to San Francisco; in 1935 the new line around San Jose opened from 37°20′29″N 121°54′46″W / 37.3414°N 121.9127°W to 37°17′05″N 121°50′34″W / 37.2848°N 121.8427°W and thereafter was th ...more...

Ridge Route


View of the route, 1920 The Ridge Route, officially the Castaic-Tejon Route, was a two-lane highway between Los Angeles and Kern counties, California. Opened in 1915 and paved with 15-ft concrete between 1917 and 1921, the road was the first paved highway directly linking the Los Angeles Basin with the San Joaquin Valley over the Tejon Pass and the rugged Sierra Pelona Mountains ridge south of Gorman. Much of the old road runs through the Angeles National Forest, and passes by many historical landmarks, including the National Forest Inn, Reservoir Summit, Kelly's Half Way Inn, Tumble Inn, and Sandberg's Summit Hotel. North of the forest, the Ridge Route passed through Deadman's Curve before ending at Grapevine. Most of the road was bypassed in 1933–34 by the three-lane Ridge Route Alternate, then U.S. Route 99 (US 99), to handle increased traffic and remove many curves. The four-lane US 99 was completed in 1953 and replaced by a freeway, Interstate 5 (I-5) around 1968. The portion of the road within the An ...more...

List of Massachusetts railroads


The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Common freight carriers Bay Colony Railroad (BCLR) Connecticut Southern Railroad (CSO) CSX Transportation (CSXT) East Brookfield and Spencer Railroad (EBSR) Fore River Transportation Corporation (FRVT) Grafton and Upton Railroad (GU) Housatonic Railroad (HRRC) Massachusetts Central Railroad (MCER) Massachusetts Coastal Railroad (MC) New England Central Railroad (NECR) Pan Am Railways (ST) Pan Am Southern (PAS) Pioneer Valley Railroad (PVRR) Providence and Worcester Railroad (PW) Passenger carriers Amtrak (AMTK) Berkshire Scenic Railway Cape Cod Central Railroad Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Defunct railroads Name Mark System From To Successor Notes Agricultural Branch Railroad NH 1847 1867 Boston, Clinton and Fitchburg Railroad Albany Street Freight Railway 1868 N/A Amherst and Belchertown Railroad CN 1851 1858 Amherst, Belchertown and Palmer Railroad Amherst, Belchertown and Palmer Railroad CN 18 ...more...

Arlington Centre (MBTA station)


Arlington Centre (signed as Arlington ) was a regional rail station on the Lexington Branch , located in downtown Arlington, Massachusetts . It was closed in January 1977 when service on the Lexington Branch was suspended. History Arlington Centre station on an early postcard The Lexington and West Cambridge Railroad opened from West Cambridge to Lexington on September 1, 1846. Arlington Centre station was located near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Mystic Street in Arlington. On April 18, 1958, the Boston and Maine Railroad received permission from the Public Utilities Commission to drastically curtail its suburban commuter service, including abandoning branches, closing stations, and cutting trains. Among the approved cuts was the closure of the Lexington Branch's four stations in Arlington ( Lake Street , Arlington Centre, Brattles , and Arlington Heights ), as Arlington was part of the funding district of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which provided parallel bus service on Massachusett ...more...

Santa Clara River Trail


The Santa Clara River Trail is a rail trail that is used as a paved bicycle and walking path located in the city of Santa Clarita, California. The path is currently approximately 8 miles (13 km) in length and generally runs in an east-west direction and closely follows the path of the Santa Clara River and Soledad Canyon Road between the communities of Canyon Country and Valencia through Saugus. A north-south fork connects to the community of Newhall. The trail is generally flat with very gentle elevation. There are many jumping off points along the path providing access to neighborhoods, parks and commerce. On the western end, the path connects to an extensive network of paths, trails and elevated bridges called paseos that are independent of automobile roadway in Valencia. The main trail and its feeders are in close proximity and provide easy access to all three Metrolink stations located within the city limits. These stations are Newhall, Santa Clarita and Via Princessa. Bicycle locker facilities are ava ...more...

Fillmore and Western Railway


The Fillmore and Western Railway ( reporting mark FWRY ) is a railroad owned by the Fillmore & Western Railway Company. The company operates on track owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission . The F&W is known as the "Home of the Hollywood Movie Trains" because the majority of its rolling stock was acquired from three major studios: 20th Century Fox , Paramount , Warner Bros , and MGM . The railroad is frequently used for the filming of television series, motion pictures and commercials and as a locale for private and commercial still photography , Visitors to Fillmore often see filming activity as well as sets and support equipment at the company's rail yard and along the tracks between Santa Paula and Piru . The F&W has been used in more than 400 movie, TV and commercial shots. Movies shot on the railroad include Seabiscuit , Get Smart , Rails & Ties , & Race to Witch Mountain . Television series CSI and Criminal Minds have used the railroad for location shooting . The ...more...

Andrews Breed


Andrews Breed (September 20, 1794 – April 21, 1881) was a Massachusetts politician who served as the fifth Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts. Notes Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume I, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & CO., p. 260. Kurtz, Peter (2013). Bluejackets in the Blubber Room: A Biography of the "William Badger" 1828-1865. University of Alabama Press. Political offices Preceded byThomas P. Richardson Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts April 3, 1854 to January 7, 1856 Succeeded byEzra W. Mudge Andrews Breed (September 20, 1794 – April 21, 1881) was a Massachusetts politician who served as the fifth Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts. Notes Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume I, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & CO., p. 260. Kurtz, Peter (2013). Bluejackets in the ...more...

Revere Beach Parkway


Revere Beach Parkway is a historic parkway in the suburbs immediately north of Boston, Massachusetts . It begins at Wellington Circle in Medford , where the road leading to the west is the Mystic Valley Parkway , and the north-south road is the Fellsway , designated Route 28 . The parkway proceeds east, ending at Eliot Circle, the junction of Revere Beach Boulevard and Winthrop Parkway in Revere . In between, the parkway passes through the towns of Everett and Chelsea . The parkway was built between 1896 and 1904 to provide access from interior communities to Revere Beach . It underwent two major periods of capacity expansion, in the 1930s and again in the 1950s. The parkway is designated as part of Route 16 west of Route 1A , and as part of Route 145 east of that point. The route of the roadway, along with a number of specific features relating to its original period of construction and those of the later expansions up to 1957, was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in ...more...

Malden, Massachusetts


Malden is a city in Middlesex County , Massachusetts, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census , the population was at 59,450 people. In 2009, Malden was named the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek . History Pleasant Street c. 1906 Malden, a hilly woodland area north of the Mystic River , was settled by Puritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pennacook tribe. The area was originally called the "Mistick Side" and was a part of Charlestown . It was incorporated as a separate town in 1649. The name Malden was selected by Joseph Hills, an early settler and landholder, and was named after Maldon, England. The city originally included what are now the adjacent cities of Melrose (until 1850) and Everett (until 1870). At the time of the American Revolution , the population was at about 1,000 people, and the citizens were involved early in resisting the oppression of Britain: they boycotted the consumption of tea in 1770 to protest the Revenue A ...more...

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail


The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot-wide (3.0 m) paved, universally accessible, scenic rail trail path. The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) Rail Trail runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams, Massachusetts and has become a popular resource for biking, walking, roller-blading, and jogging. The trail is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The southern end of the trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall, off of Route 8 in Lanesborough, and travels 12 miles (19 km) north to the center of Adams. Parking lots and restrooms are available along the way. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail passes through the Hoosac River Valley, between Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetland communities flank much of the trail offering outstanding views and abundant wildlife. The word Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) is from the A ...more...

Harlan and Hollingsworth


Harlan & Hollingsworth was a Wilmington, Delaware, firm that constructed ships and railroad cars during the 19th century and into the 20th century. Founding Mahlon Betts, a carpenter, arrived in Wilmington in 1812. After helping construct many prominent buildings in the city, Betts branched out into foundry work in 1821. In 1836, Betts partnered with Samuel Pusey (a machinist) and began manufacturing railcars at a plant on West and Water Streets in Wilmington. The next year, cabinetmaker Samuel Harlan joined the firm, then known as Betts, Pusey & Harlan. By 1839, the company claimed to have manufactured 39 passenger and 28 freight cars over the previous two years. The next year, they hired Jacob F. Sharp, a former house carpenter, to build railroad cars. He would rise to become foreman at the plant, and eventually co-founded the rival firm of Jackson and Sharp. In 1841, Elijah Hollingsworth, brother-in-law of Harlan, bought out Pusey, and the firm became known as Betts, Harlan & Hollingswor ...more...

List of disasters in the United States by death toll


This list of United States disasters by death toll is a list of notable disasters which occurred either in the United States, at diplomatic missions of the United States, or incidents outside of the United States in which a number of U.S. citizens were killed. It does not include death tolls from the American Civil War. Due to inflation, the monetary damage estimates are not comparable. Unless otherwise noted, the year given is the year in which the currency's valuation was calculated. This list is not comprehensive in general, and epidemics are not included. Over 400 deaths Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments 1900 Tropical cyclone 6,000 to 12,000 $28,000,000 (approximate) 1900 Galveston hurricane Texas Fatalities estimated. Remains the deadliest natural disaster in North American history. 1906 Earthquake and fire (urban conflagration) 3,000+ 1906 San Francisco earthquake San Francisco, California Conflagration followed quake; fatalities estimated; also major casualties in Santa Ro ...more...

Nashua River Rail Trail


The Nashua River Rail Trail is a 12.5-mile (20.1 km) paved mixed-use rail trail in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire under control of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). It roughly follows the course of the Nashua River , passing through the towns of Ayer , Groton , Pepperell , and Dunstable , Massachusetts and ends about a mile across the New Hampshire state border in Nashua, New Hampshire . The trail is frequently used by walkers, bicyclists, inline skaters, and, in the winter, cross-country skiers. History Ayer was a major junction for both north-south and east-west rail lines during the rapid development of railroad transportation. The Nashua River Rail Trail sits on the former Hollis branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad . The line was originally part of the Worcester & Nashua Railroad that connected Worcester, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire , which was opened on July 3, 1848. The line was extended to Portland, Maine in 1874 and it became par ...more...

Utility pole


A utility pole is a column or post used to support overhead power lines and various other public utilities, such as electrical cable, fiber optic cable, and related equipment such as transformers and street lights. It can be referred to as a transmission pole, telephone pole, telecommunication pole, power pole, hydro pole, telegraph pole, or telegraph post, depending on its application. A stobie pole is a multi-purpose pole made of two steel joists held apart by a slab of concrete in the middle, generally found in South Australia. Electrical wires and cables are routed overhead on utility poles as an inexpensive way to keep them insulated from the ground and out of the way of people and vehicles. Utility poles can be made of wood, metal, concrete, or composites like fiberglass. They are used for two different types of power lines; subtransmission lines which carry higher voltage power between substations, and distribution lines which distribute lower voltage power to customers. The first poles were used in ...more...

Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail


The Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail , formerly the Norwottuck Rail Trail , is an 11-mile (18 km) combination bicycle/pedestrian paved right-of-way running from Northampton, Massachusetts , through Hadley and Amherst , to Belchertown, Massachusetts . It opened in 1992, and is now part of the longer Mass Central Rail Trail . History The rail bed under which the trail operated opened in 1887 under the control of the Central Massachusetts Railroad . Shortly after its completion, it was leased by the Boston and Maine Railroad and referred to as the Central Massachusetts Branch. Three round trip passenger trains were run in the 1920s, as well as numerous freight trains. Competition from cars and trucks caused a decline on the line, as passenger service was discontinued in 1932 and freight service managed to hang on for another forty-two years, primarily to deliver goods to a farmer's supply warehouse in Amherst. The rail bed was acquired by the state in 1985 and developed into the trail in 1993, as its current name. T ...more...

Castaic, California


Castaic, California (also spelled Castec , or Kashtiq ; pronunciation is a source of contention between older and newer residents, see below) is an unincorporated community located in the northern part of Los Angeles County, California . Many thousands of motorists pass through Castaic daily as they drive to or from Los Angeles on Interstate 5 . Castaic Lake is part of the California Water Project and is the site of a hydro-electric power plant. Castaic is 41.7 miles (67.1 km) northwest of Los Angeles Union Station and due north of the city of Santa Clarita, California . History Name On Spanish documents, the original spelling was Castec, which represented the Chumash Native American word Kashtiq, meaning “eyes” or “wet spot.” Castec is first mentioned on old boundary maps of Rancho San Francisco , as a canyon at the trailhead leading to the old Chumash camp at Castac Lake (Tejon Ranch), which is intermittently wet and briny. Modern Castaic began in 1887 when Southern Pacific set up a railroad siding on the ...more...

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Cambridge ( KAYM-brij) is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area. Situated directly north of Boston, across the Charles River, it was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by the town's founders. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), two of the world's most prestigious universities, are in Cambridge, as was Radcliffe College, one of the leading colleges for women in the United States until it merged with Harvard on October 1, 1999. According to the 2010 Census, the city's population was 105,162. As of July 2014, it was the fifth most populous city in the state, behind Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Lowell. Cambridge was one of the two seats of Middlesex County until the abolition of county government in 1997; Lowell was the other. Kendall Square in Cambridge has been called "the most innovative square mile on the planet", in reference to the high conce ...more...

Alewife Brook Reservation


Alewife Brook Reservation is a Massachusetts state park and urban wild located in Cambridge , Arlington , and Somerville . The park is managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and was established in 1900. It is named for Alewife Brook , which was also historically known as Menotomy River (the village of Menotomy is now Arlington), a tributary of the Mystic River . Description A large proportion of the park is wetland , including the Little River, though there is also a wooded upland and meadow area. The reservation serves as a habitat for numerous indigenous and migratory birds . Common species include osprey , great blue heron and the woodcock , whose unusual mating ritual may sometimes be observed by visitors. Additionally, the park's ponds ( Little Pond , Perch Pond , and Blair Pond ) provide spring spawning grounds for anadromous herring , which migrate from the Atlantic Ocean via the Mystic River and Alewife Brook, a tributary which, in turn, drains the Little River . The southern ...more...

List of rail accidents (1930–49)


This is a list of rail accidents from 1930 to 1949. 1930s 1930 January 6, 1930 – United Kingdom – The rear carriages of a Southern Railway passenger train from Hastings to London are partially buried by a landslip near Wadhurst tunnel. The train is divided and the front part continues on to Tunbridge Wells, where it arrives 100 minutes late. March 6, 1930 – United Kingdom – a London, Midland and Scottish Railway passenger train departs from Culgaith station, Cumberland against signals. It is in collision with a ballast train at Langwathby station, Cumberland. Two people are killed and four are seriously injured. March 22, 1930 – United Kingdom – A London, Midland and Scottish Railway Royal Scot express passenger train is derailed at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire when a crossover is taken at excessive speed. April 7, 1930 – Japan – Ōita: Perhaps due to a blasting accident at the colliery, some dynamite ends up in a train's coal supply. When it explodes, the locomotive and several cars are wrecked, ...more...

History of Massachusetts


Massachusetts was first colonized by principally English Europeans in the early 17th century, and became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the 18th century. Prior to English colonization of the area, it was inhabited by a variety of mainly Algonquian language indigenous tribes. The first permanent English settlement in New England came in 1620 with the founding of Plymouth Colony by the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower. It set precedents but never grew large. A large-scale Puritan migration began in 1630 with the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and spawned the settlement of other New England colonies. Friction with the natives erupted in the high-casualty King Philip's War in the 1670s. Puritanism was the established religion and was strictly enforced; dissenters were exiled. The Colony clashed with Anglican opponents in England over its religious intolerance and the status of its charter. Most people were farmers. Businessmen established wide-ranging trade links, sending ships to the We ...more...

List of museums in Los Angeles County, California


A list of museums located within Los Angeles County of southern California . Museums located within the City of Los Angeles , while also within LA County, are found separately listed on the List of museums in Los Angeles, California . The list includes museums and art galleries — of historical, cultural, ethnic, science, and arts organizations , nonprofit organizations , government departments, university and college facilities, and private or corporate collections — that have galleries, buildings, and or open air spaces with exhibits and works open for public viewing. It currently does not include virtual museums , although some of the listed physical museums have notable online collections also. Museums Current Name Town/City Region Type Summary Adamson House Malibu Greater Los Angeles Area Historic house 1929 home decorated with Malibu Potteries tile, tour includes adjoining Malibu Lagoon Museum in the former garage, with exhibits of local history Adobe de Palomares Pomona San Gabriel Valley Historic house ...more...

Italian Americans


Italian Americans (Italian: italoamericani or italo-americani ) are an ethnic group consisting of Americans who have ancestry from Italy. Italian Americans are the fourth largest European ethnic group in the United States (not including American ethnicity, an ethnonym used by many in the United States; overall, Italian Americans rank seventh, behind German American, African American, Irish American, Mexican American, English American, and American). About 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States from 1820 to 2004. Immigration began to increase during the 1870s, when more than twice as many Italians immigrated (1870–79: 46,296) than during the five previous decades combined (1820–69: 22,627). The 1870s were followed by the greatest surge of immigration, which occurred in the period between 1880 and 1914 and brought more than 4 million Italians to the United States, the great majority being from Southern Italy and Sicily, with most having agrarian backgrounds. This period of large scale immigration ...more...

Lower Neponset River Trail


The Lower Neponset River Trail is a 2.4-mile-long (3.9 km) rail trail running along the Neponset River in the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts . It roughly follows the path of the eastern part of the Dorchester and Milton Branch Railroad from the Port Norfolk neighborhood in Dorchester to the Central Avenue T Station in Milton , passing through Pope John Paul II Park , the Neponset Marshes, and the Lower Mills area. References Frieswick, Kris (2006). The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Boston . Globe Pequot Press. p. 167. ISBN   978-0-7627-4280-6 . Retrieved October 1, 2014 . "Neponset River Trail" . Boston HarborWalk. Boston Harbor Association. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011 . Retrieved September 1, 2015 . "Lower Neponset River Trail" . MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation . Retrieved September 1, 2015 . External links Lower Neponset River Trail Department of Conservation and Recreation Neponset River Greenway Map Departm ...more...

List of Italian-American neighborhoods


In the United States there are large concentrations of Italians in many metropolitan areas of the United States. The most comprehensive look at all of these neighborhoods can be seen at the Italian Enclaves Facebook page. In particular, states such as New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts have larger populations of Italian-Americans than other states by national average. According to a recent United Census Bureau estimate, 17.8 million Americans are of Italian descent. Communities of Italian Americans were established in most major industrial cities of the early 20th century, such as Baltimore, Boston (particularly in the "North End"), Philadelphia (particularly in certain neighborhoods of South Philadelphia), Pittsburgh, Detroit, Providence, St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Youngstown, Erie, Cleveland, Buffalo, and New York City, which boasts the largest Italian-American population, which live in several conc ...more...

Raynham, Massachusetts


Raynham is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 32 miles (51 km) south of Boston and 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. The population was 13,383 at the 2010 census. It has one village, Raynham Center. History The area that is now Raynham was settled in 1639 as a part of Taunton, and was founded by Elizabeth Pole, the first woman to found a town in America. In 1652, bog iron was found along the Two Mile (Forge) River. Soon after, the Taunton Iron Works was established by residents James and Henry Leonard. It was the first successful iron works established in what was then Plymouth Colony, and operated from 1656 to 1876. It was not the "First Iron Works in America", as proclaimed on the Town's official seal, having been predated by the Saugus and Braintree iron works. The success of the Taunton Iron Works, however, led to the establishment of other iron works throughout the colonies. Raynham played a key part in King Philip's War. The Leonards h ...more...



Massachusetts ( ( listen), ), officially known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area. The capital of Massachusetts and the most populous city in New England is Boston. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and mariti ...more...

Malden River


The Malden River is a 2.3-mile-long (3.7 km) river in Malden, Medford, and Everett, Massachusetts. It is roughly 675 feet (206 m) wide at its widest point and is very narrow at its smallest point. Its banks are largely occupied by industrial business, and the river is scarcely used or even mentioned. Its water quality is worse than most local waters, including the Mystic River, into which it flows. Most agree that the river is under-utilized. Projects like Rivers Edge (formerly TeleCom City) hope to promote recreational use of the river's banks. Currently, crew teams, including the Malden High School and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, practice on the river because it is never crowded like the Charles River. Also, a state-of-the-art boat house is located on the Malden-Everett line on the west bank of the river, used by the Tufts University rowing team. Course The above-ground portion of the Malden River starts behind Canal Street in the southwest corner of Malden, where it is fed by three unde ...more...

Ventura County, California


Ventura County is a county in the southern part of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 823,318. The county seat is Ventura. Ventura County comprises the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area. It is also considered the southernmost county along the California Central Coast. History Pre-colonial period Pictographs in the Burro Flats Painted Cave in Simi Valley. Ventura County was historically inhabited by the Chumash people, who also settled much of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, with their presence dating back 10,000-12,000 years. The Chumash were hunter-gatherers, fishermen, and also traders with the Mojave, Yokuts, and Tongva Indians. The Chumash are also known for their rock paintings and for their great basketry. Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks has several reconstructed Chumash houses (‘apa) and there are several Chumash pictographs ...more...

Interstate 5 in California


Interstate 5 (I-5) is a major north–south route of the Interstate Highway System in the U.S. state of California. It begins at the Mexico–United States border at the San Ysidro crossing, goes north across the length of California and crosses into Oregon south of the Medford-Ashland metropolitan area. It is the more important and most used of the two major north-south routes on the Pacific Coast, the other being U.S. Route 101, which is primarily coastal. This highway links the major California cities of San Diego, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Stockton, Sacramento, and Redding. Among the major cities not directly linked by Interstate 5 but which are connected by local highways to it are San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, all of which are about 80 miles (130 km) west of the highway. Interstate 5 has several named portions: the Montgomery Freeway, San Diego Freeway, Santa Ana Freeway, Golden State Freeway, and West Side Freeway. Route description I-5 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, and ...more...

Saticoy, California


Saticoy is an unincorporated community in Ventura County, California , United States. The name comes from the Chumash village named Sa'aqtik'oy ( Ventureño : "it is sheltered from the wind"). The settlement was laid out in 1887 along the railroad line that was being built from Los Angeles through the Santa Clara River Valley to the town of San Buenaventura . Although the town was 10 miles (16 km) distant at that time, the City of Ventura grew so the community is now just outside the city limits. The commercial district known as Old Town Saticoy is surrounded by a residential neighborhood with a population of just over one thousand. Two historic buildings attest to the important role Saticoy once held in the local agricultural economy: Walnut Growers Association Warehouse, and Saticoy (Lima) Bean Warehouse. The historic setting, stable residential population, railroad, and access to major highways make this community unique in Ventura County. State Route 118 curves through the southerly portion of the townsi ...more...

Chelsea, Massachusetts


Chelsea is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, directly across the Mystic River from the city of Boston. As of 2013, Chelsea had an estimated population of 36,828. It is also the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts behind Somerville. With a total area of just 2.21 square miles, Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of total area. Chelsea is a diverse, working-class community that contains a high level of industrial activity. It is one of only three Massachusetts cities in which the majority of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, alongside Lawrence and Holyoke. After flirting with bankruptcy in the 1990s, the once-struggling industrial city has reversed a prolonged decline and in recent years has enjoyed sustained economic growth. Thanks to its relative affordability and close proximity to Boston, Chelsea has added more than 1,200 homes since 2005, mostly loft-style apartments and condominiums suitable for small families or young professionals. ...more...

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