Category Archives: Forgotten Boston



  • ROXBURY CROSSING “T”, Boston

    December 21, 2015

    I’ve always preferred Boston’s “T” route maps to the MTA’s in New York (though apparently the locals disagree with my assessment). One one large surface, you have a line map, a system map, and a local street map. With some exceptions, you have to look in several different walls or surfaces for these maps in […]

  • BOSTON’S ANCIENT LAMPPOSTS

    June 24, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Boston once had an ornamental-type light pole with a fluted base that was used for streetlights. Although no longer used for actual streetlights, many of the poles themselves still appear around the city, some with other types of lights. Three appear on Brookline Avenue alone: on the above title […]

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  • BOSTON’S SUBSTATIONS AND MANHOLES

    June 24, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Electricity for commercial use first got its start in Boston in the mid-1880’s with the creation of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston. This company was a subsidiary of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York, which was formed in December 1880. After E.E.I.Co of Boston was […]

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  • NORTH END ALLEYS, Part 2

    May 28, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Continued from Part 1   Baker’s Alley┬áis located off of North Street, near North Square. It sits to the right of the Limoncello Restaurant and leads to the rear of the restaurant and what appears from the street to be a private residence.   Quincy Court is a small […]

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  • NORTH END ALLEYS

    May 28, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Boston’s North End is the “Little Italy” section of town. The predominantly Italian community known for its pizza, pastries, and cappuccino is full of small alleys and streets that are just slightly larger. The majority of the streets in the North End, with the exception of a few main […]

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  • DOWNTOWN ALLEYS

    May 28, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Though the downtown area has lost an entire entertainment district (Scollay Square) in the past 50 years, and a raft of byways and mazes of alleys have been lost, there are still quite a number of them to be found. On this page we’ll concentrate on three, including one […]

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  • ALLEYS OF CREEK SQUARE

    May 28, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Wedged between Government Center and the North End, along Congress Street near the old Union Oyster House, you will find a labyrinth of tangled, crooked alleys; as George Weston puts it in Boston Ways: …twisted and interlaced in as meaningless a maze as one could hope to find even […]

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  • BACK BAY ALLEYS

    May 28, 2015

    By Sean Colby and Kevin Walsh Back Bay was created by filling in swamp lands that attached to the Charles River, a process which began in 1857 and was completed up to the Fens by 1900. After it was filled in, streets were gradually made into a grid pattern. The east-west streets are in alphabetical […]

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